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Archive for January, 2014

Good morning!

Wow. I’m feeling like I’ve accomplished something here. It’s Monday morning, and I’m writing my blog. I really do want to get back to doing this every week, and life is being accommodating.

There’s something truly terrifying about doing a public appearance as an author. It’s not much different than stage fright, really. Here’s a situation where people are coming just to meet you, talk with you, ask you questions about the story you wrote. And you really don’t want to disappoint them.

In 11 days, I have the opportunity to chat with a book club about ‘Mark of the Successor’. While the participants may be inmates, it doesn’t bother me. They still read, think, and I’m really excited about the questions they might ask me about Lily and the other characters in that book.

The nightmares have started, though. I had one the other night. I had transportation issues, making me an hour late for the event. Then, I completely forgot what book they’d read and started to talk about another one. And no one had a single question for me.

That’s the big fear. That your work was so boring that no one cares about the characters. No one wants to know what happened next. There’s no interest in what else you’ve written, your process, or how you found the courage to submit your work in the first place.

So, I’m asking all of you for a little help. Do you have any questions about ‘Mark of the Successor’? Who was your favorite character? Which one did you love to hate? Was there any scene in particular that stood out to you and made you stop and go ‘wow..did not see that coming’? If so, leave a comment and I’ll answer it. I really need the practice, so keep asking!

BB

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Yesterday was a special day for me. It marked two years since I signed my first ever book contract. That’s right. It’s only been two short years.

It’s amazing how my life has changed since that day. I’m not talking about professionally, even though that alone makes me shake my head in wonder some days. I’m talking about something deeper.

My friends have seen it, some have commented on it. My family certainly has. To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins, I have found my courage.

The courage I’ve found is facing my own inner monsters. Being able to trust my instincts, especially when it comes to my writing, and not rely so much on approval from others. Finding the place in myself to present the public image I see as me as an author. Facing demons from childhood traumas and breaking their grip on my life now.

Writing is deeply personal. Every author will tell you that. For me, it’s a form of therapy. I will put my characters into situations I’ve had to deal with. Granted, they’re more exaggerated, but they are there. And, in making it so they can overcome these same obstacles, I heal myself along with the character.

I no longer concern myself with trying to impress people from grade school who would call me names. Because I’ve done more than they would ever imagine, become a person they wish they could be. And, either through jealousy or their own insecurities, they’ll never accept that. It’s their issue, not mine. And I refuse to continue to try and please those who cannot acknowledge I am more than what they see.

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Wow. What a change a single year can contain.

In 2013, I had an incredible year. A total of five books released under my own name, plus two short stories included in an anthology. A new job. Less of me (weight wise), interviews, and so much more.

So, what’s got 2014 in store for me? Well, I have a new job. I was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Solstice, effective Jan. 1. Basically, now I oversee all the EIC’s we have and help keep things running smoothly so that our CEO can concentrate on growing the brand.

One of the things I did right off, and am still working on, is moving our various books to the line they should be associated with. Solstice actually has five lines. We’re in the process of making them unique.

Solstice Shadows is going to carry all our fantasy/scifi/paranormal/horror titles. Which means all of my titles have been moved over to that account. And that also means all the links for the ebooks have changed.

Just to help expedite things, here’s a list of the updated links!

Amazon – Kindle/Daughter of Hauk:  http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Raven-Chronicles-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HG15SBM/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-2&keywords=katemarie+collins

 

 

Amazon – Kindle/Son of Corse: http://www.amazon.com/Corse-Raven-Chronicles-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HFF3MUS/ref=sr_1_5_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-5&keywords=katemarie+collins

 

 

Amazon – Kindle/Mark of the Successor: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Successor-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HFF3SH0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1389373492

 

 

Amazon – Kindle/Kick the Can: http://www.amazon.com/Kick-Can-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HG15R36/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-3&keywords=katemarie+collins

 

 

Amazon – Kindle/The Strength Within: http://www.amazon.com/Strength-Within-P-Estelle-ebook/dp/B00H2SVIS6/ref=sr_1_8_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-8&keywords=katemarie+collins

 

Amazon – Kindle/Looking At The Light: http://www.amazon.com/Looking-The-Light-KateMarie-Collins-ebook/dp/B00HJY0GRM/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-6&keywords=katemarie+collins

 

Amazon – Kindle/A Stab at the Dark: http://www.amazon.com/A-Stab-At-The-Dark-ebook/dp/B00HJYZAXM/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1389373492&sr=8-7&keywords=katemarie+collins

 

 

Amazon – Paperback/Daughter of Hauk:  http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Of-Hauk-KateMarie-Collins/dp/1475230338/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335468615&sr=8-1

 

Amazon – Paperback/Mark of the Successor: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Successor-KateMarie-Collins/dp/1491298162/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377528453&sr=1-1&keywords=mark+of+the+successor

 

Amazon – Paperback/Son of Corse: http://www.amazon.com/Son-Corse-Raven-Chronicles-Volume/dp/1492837970/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382546541&sr=8-1&keywords=Son+of+Corse

 

Audio Book: http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Hauk-Raven-Chronicles-Book/dp/B00BK4RB8O/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1361631472&sr=1-2&keywords=daughter+of+hauk

For those who watch my writings closely, you’ll notice a few books that are new! I released both of the anthology collections just before the end of 2013! Sometime next year, we’re going to combine them into a single print book, too.

So, what’s next for me? Well, I’ll be in the Portland, Oregon area Feb. 6-8. I’m going to prison. LOL. Not for crime.  A book club comprised of inmates of a women’s institution has been reading ‘Mark of the Successor’ and invited me to come in and talk with them. I’m really looking forward to the trip!

‘Fin’s Magic’ is done. Or, I thought it was. I’m getting ideas for a companion novel about Alaric and his story. What will probably happen is they will release individually as ebooks, but be combined for a print version. 

I hope 2014 is a good one for all of us!

BB

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