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FRIDAY MUSINGS   Leave a comment

Greetings All,

I haven’t blogged in a while. I’ve been working a day job and moved and it’s been a challenge trying to keep up with all that entails. I haven’t been writing much, had a couple of ideas but no energy to write. I’m in a better place now and hope to get back into writing a new WIP soon!

ICHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

If you need to run your work that features a main character with a mental disorder past someone who is a psychiatric nurse, let me know! You can always go on my website too and sign up for my editing services.

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

Best,

Kathleen

 

 

Posted February 11, 2017 by kathleea in Uncategorized

RISE UP   Leave a comment

Hi All,

I haven’t blogged in a while. A new job, a move 300 miles away and all the trauma of the election has wiped me out.

Yes, the title is the same as the words in Hamilton written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I am calling for those of you reading this to take a stance. Take a stance and rise up against bullies, discrimination, hate mongering, harassment.

I will not be silent.

I will not tolerate hate.

I will not tolerate discrimination.

I will speak up LOUDLY.

I will speak out.

I will protest against those who fuel hatred.

I will not let the government dictate my rights.

I will not be silent.

Please join me in doing all we can to turn this climate of hate mongering around.

Rise up!

Kathleen

 

 

 

Posted November 13, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Go Fund Me   Leave a comment

I wanted to talk s about why I started the Go Fund Me campaign. I mention on the page it’s for expenses related to a job offer in San Francisco but it’s more than that.

My family and I moved to Los Angeles three years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan so my kids could go to college out here. We fully expected to stay until they were done then move on. We found a great apartment online and moved in. Little did we know this apartment would suck us dry, money-wise and it’s been a struggle every month to make rent plus the other bills.

Our two beloved cats that made the move across country with us, Zeus (age 14) and Bast (age 12) died while we were here. Zeus from colon cancer and Bast from mammary gland cancer.

I miss them both.

We got a new kitten, named Toffee who is entertaining and loving.Toffee at five months

My step-dad also died this past March and I’ve known him since I was fifteen. He had a brief illness and was a die-hard University of Michigan football fan. I miss him so much.

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As graduation loomed, one of the graduates got an internship 300 miles away and the other one closer to Los Angeles. We struggled through the summer getting behind on bills, and rent and since I wasn’t working, it’s been rough. The kitten developed a recurrent urinary tract infection we’ve been battling all summer. She’s on the road to recovery now, we hope. But again, vet expenses left us with very little to use on our other expenses.

I debated about setting up the Go Fund Me for weeks. The feeling of not having enough money for the basics like groceries feels like I failed my family. I’ve been trying to make it as a writer and there is always hope on my part I will snag that agent and get that book deal but it’s feeling more and more like a pipe dream. I’m like the rock in the picture below being beaten by waves that keep coming no matter what I do!

IRISH COAST

A job offer in San Francisco comes with its own set of expenses, finding a place to live in SF, getting the right credentials in order to actually do the job and going there. It’s a Catch 22 situation, I need money to take the job and I need the job to get money. At this point I don’t know if it’s going to work out or not.

HAMSTER RUNNING ON WHEEL

I truly believe in having hope, even in my darkest hour and I still hold on to the fact that I will end up where I need to be. But for now, it feels like I’m in a dark tunnel and although I can see daylight in front of me, it’s so far away I don’t know if I’ll ever reach it.

DEAN ASKS ABOUT LIGHT AT END OF TUNNEL

But I keep on going and maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to stand in the light and declare victory.

BREAKFAST CLUB FIST IN AIR

 

If you would like to contribute to my Go Fund Me campaign, go here: gofund.me/22rtnf2s

No pressure, if you’d prefer to hire me to do an edit of your manuscript, I can do that too. Look under EDITING SERVICES tab on my website. Again, thanks to everyone who’s been so kind and generous with the outpouring of support I’ve gotten.

I know it’s always darkest before the dawn (one of my mom’s favorite cliches) and that every cloud has a silver lining (mom’s second favorite) and I just have to hang in there a while longer.

DARKEST BEFORE DAWN

EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING

I keep hanging on.

CAT HOLDING ON TREE BRANCH

And I always have hope.

HOPE

Best,

Kathleen

Posted August 27, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

COVER REVEAL!   Leave a comment

FAITHFUL COVER REVEAL 

Today Michelle Hauck and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for FAITHFUL, book two in the Birth of Saints series which releases November 15, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a SIGNED copy of book 1 GRUDGING!

 

On to the reveal!

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Title: FAITHFUL (Birth of Saints #2)

Author: Michelle Hauck

Pub. Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Formats: eBook

ISBN: 9780062447173

Find it: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Goodreads

 

Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!

 

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

 

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

 

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

 

What they find instead is an old woman.

 

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

 

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

 

Exclusive Excerpt!

 

Not for the first time, Claire reconsidered her decision to stay when Ramiro had asked her. She’d lingered out of curiosity—and truthfully because it felt good to be needed—but they didn’t need her now with the Northern army defeated. She could return to the swamp and away from so many people. Despite her hopes of friends and community, she felt awkward here. Reason said she’d get used to their ways, but being around so many folk made her want to hide. Everything pressed down. The walls of the tent shrunk, pinning her in, and smothering her. It became hard to breathe.

She reached for a fresh strip of cloth, only to have her hand shake. She snatched the material and began to roll it, trying to shut out everything else, including her own doubts.

Before she could find a semblance of peace, though, someone shouted. Ladies screamed. Claire looked over her shoulder at the noise. A brown-bearded man in a poncho and a floppy hat ran in her direction. “My family is dead, because of the evacuations. Because of you.”

Claire gasped. He seemed to be talking to Beatriz, then his gaze found Claire.

“Witch!” His outstretched hand suddenly held a long butcher knife. “Witch! Stay away from us! Murderer! Abomination! Die!”

Fronilde dropped to the ground, but Claire couldn’t move. Surprise robbed her brain of a Song to stop him. Even the words of the Hornet Tune, which she knew as well as her name, deserted her. The man closed as everyone scrambled out of his way. Then Beatriz sprang from her chair to stand over Claire, holding up her hand. The tall, black-lace mantilla atop her head waved like a flag. “Stop.”

Something about the authority in the First Wife’s voice—or maybe her simple resistance instead of cringing or scrambling away—brought the man up short, making him pause for a moment. Just the moment the bodyguard needed to crush the lunatic to the floor and overpower him, wrestling free the knife. More guards came running from outside.

Breath rushed back in Claire’s lungs. Beatriz sniffed and touched a spot on her chest over her heart and then her forehead and stomach areas. “Imbecile. He didn’t know who he was dealing with.”

 

 

 

 

About Michelle: 

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Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a signed of GRUDGING, US Only.

 

 

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Posted August 25, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Need An Editor?   Leave a comment

Looking for an editor for your manuscript?

OH MY GOD I NEED HELP

I can edit your young adult, middle grade or adult manuscript (no erotica) with a quick turnaround!

IS THIS A KISSING BOOK

Does your manuscript feature a character with a mental illness? Hire me to make sure it’s accurate. I was a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for five years (and a therapist).

I worked with clients who:

  • were suicidal
  • were diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
  • had depression
  • had anxiety and stress
  • had PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • had been sexually assaulted
  • were schizophrenic
  • were psychotic and had hallucinatons
  • were delusional
  • had phobias

I am most familiar with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but have also used Exposure Therapy for phobias on the therapy side. I am familiar with treatments for depression since that was my specialty.

Questions? Email me at: kathleensallenedits@gmail.com

Please see the EDITING SERVICES tab on my website for more details! I look forward to editing your work!

http://www.kathleensallen.weebly.com

 

Of course I can edit manuscripts that don’t feature a character with mental illness too!

 

Best,

Kathleen

Posted June 26, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

Pitchwars 2016 Mentee Bio #pimpmybio   8 comments

In case you don’t know, PITCHWARS is a writing contest run by the fabulous Brenda Drake! Writers and mentors are paired up in order to revise a manuscript before the agent round.

I debated whether or not to enter Pitchwars this year. I’ve entered the past three years with no success in snagging (or is that snogging???) a mentor. Despite my best efforts. LOL.

LET'S GO GET EM PINK LADIES

 

I’ve been in the query trenches a long time.ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH

The novel I’m entering is not the one I originally thought I was entering. I figured I enter the same one I did last year since it’s been revised and rewritten. But…but…I have a new one I’ve been working on and I think it’ll be ready by August. It’s a young adult contemporary. It’s different than any other book I’ve written and I’m so excited about it. It was a challenge to write because it’s written in a non-linear style. Back to front and sideways and…well, that’s all I’m going to say about it at this point.

SECOND UPDATE: Okay, yes, the dark YA will be done! I’m blazing away on it so this is the one I’m entering!!! I so appreciate the beta readers who helped me with feedback!!!

THANK YOU CAT

 

 

I’ve done independent publishing and published with two small presses, Gypsy Shadow Publishing and Muse It Up Publishing. I do freelance editing and have worked as a college instructor teaching English Composition and Literature courses. I have a Master’s in Children’s Literature with an emphasis in creative writing for young adults.

I have a kitten who vexes me every morning to get up and feed her. Usually at six. I love her too much to be annoyed. She’s the sweetest cat I’ve ever had.

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I drink both coffee and tea and wish I lived in the UK.

 

Feel free to look around my posts to learn more about me. I am a hard worker and I love to edit and revise until my manuscripts are polished.

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT

I love to read and read a novel in an hour or two (depending on the length) so I read a lot! I’m an eclectic reader but  YA is my fave to read. I don’t tend to read (or write) romance but I don’t mind a bit of it as long as it’s not the main plot.

IS THIS A KISSING BOOK

I live in sunny Los Angeles (expat from Michigan, LOL) and have for the past three years.

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I’m a huge pop culture fan. Harry Potter. Sherlock. Buffy. Wonderfalls. Firefly. Doctor Who. Supernatural. Gilmore Girls. Star Wars. Star Trek. Avengers. X-Men.I love Jane Austen and the Bronte sister’s books, old black and white Bogie and Bacall movies and anything Bette Davis did. I love the old horror movies Vincent Price did (The Tingler!). I also love to listen to pop music, Taylor Swift (unless she’s still dating Tom H. then no), classic rock and roll, smooth jazz and blues. Nina Simone is a favorite and Billie Holiday.

There’s more layers to me but that’ll do for now!

BETTE DAVIS BUMPY NIGHTLAUREN BACALL ON PHONE

And that’s me!

TOOTHLESS PICTURE DAY

Best,

Kathleen

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Posted June 19, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

ROMANCE RELEASE!   Leave a comment

A writer friend has a romance book out today with Deaf and Hard of Hearing characters!LAURA BROWN HEAD SHOTSIGNS OF ATTRACTION COVER

Available from Avon Books! http://avonromance.com/book/9780062495570/signs-of-attraction/

Best,

Kathleen

 

Posted June 14, 2016 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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