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Happy Halloween everyone!

Samhain is still a few days away, but why not have some fun today? LOL

Now, I know a lot of you might have been expecting my normal ‘Last Monday with…’ interview. In accordance to the time of the year, I’m changing things up!

First off, I decided to take a break from one of my FB accounts. I’d created a new one a few months back, in hopes to better connect with my readers. The joke was on me, though, as 90% of the people who wanted to be friends had ulterior motives. Scam artists, unsolicited dick pics, pleas to help sponsor them to the U.S., and a score of men who couldn’t understand that I set my boundaries and not them.

Basically, it was a whole lot of lost time blocking people who had no interest in me as an author. Yeah, I’m not wasting my time any more.  When it got so bad I started to feel gross before I even logged in…it’s time to change things up.

My original FB page is still operational, and will continue to be so! I encourage you – plead or beg might be better words LOL – to go there and like the page. Keep on top of what’s going on beyond this blog!

https://www.facebook.com/KateMarie-Collins-217255151699492/

Last weekend, I was honored to be a guest author at an inaugural comicon! Renton City Comicon was a BLAST! So hoping they do this again. I hosted a panel, met some great people, and sold a few books.

Now that it’s done, and knowing that I’ve got booked weekends for a while, I’m determined to get working on ‘Consort of the  Successor’ like mad. Today was a mess with writing time, due to having to get things put away after the con! But I know where the story is going to go. The big picture is set, the subplots ready to be woven in when it’s time.

In the Wiccan calendar, Samhain is our new year. We celebrate the passing of those who have died, and prepare for the renewal of both the earth and our own soul. Now, more than ever, is a time to clean house. I’m not talking about a physical cleaning. A mental, emotional one. It’s time to finish grieving and start living again. To know that the great Wheel that our lives are tied to is about to turn upward to light and life again.

It gives me a sense of purpose I haven’t had for a few months now. One that reminded me that I still have a lot to give in the way of stories and wisdom. To acknowledge my past, but not let it hold sway over the now.

Oh, and if you’ve read ‘Mark of the Successor’, I have one teaser for you before I go. Iris is far more than a bad girl now!

BB

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Morning, everyone!

It was a busy week last week! Over 4,000 new words down on paper for ‘Alaric’s Bow’, the follow up to ‘Fin’s Magic’! Most of that was yesterday. It felt really good to get back in the zone!

‘Arine’s Sanctuary’ will release on Friday, July 24th! The ebook is available for pre-orders now, so head on over to Amazon and reserve your copy!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011LM9QF0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

I started a contest of sorts over on my FaceBook page last week. It runs until 8 am PDT on Thursday the 23rd. Still time to get entered! Super easy to do. You simply like AND comment (you have to do both to enter) on this post:

Once I like your comment, you’re officially in the running for all the stuff listed!

It’s a short post today. I apologize for that. But there’s a story itching to get out of my head this morning!

BB

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Good morning, everyone!

I’ve got a confession to make. I haven’t written my 500 words for a good week. It’s been too hot. Yes, I know it’s a relative term. This area doesn’t see the blistering temperatures other parts of the U.S. do, but we’ve been warm. And, when you rarely see temps in the 90’s, air conditioning isn’t a high priority on your home comfort needs. Except for the days where you end up doing the laundry and dishes after the sun goes down. Cook things that don’t require the oven (the microwave and our grill are our friends). And stay off the computer because it’s just one more thing giving off heat.

I have, however, been working! ‘Arine’s Sanctuary’ is done with editing, and moving towards being able to give you guys a release date. Here’s the great cover!

Arine's Sanctuary

As a lead up to release date, I’m going to be holding a contest on my FB author page. It’s not quite ready to start yet (hoping it will be by next week), but be sure to start following my page to have a chance to win! https://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492

The contest is going to be super easy to enter. When I do the post, you simply have to like the post AND leave a comment. That’s it. The only restriction is there needs to be at least 10 entries by the end of the contest or there won’t be a grand prize winner. I’m putting up a lot of stuff for one lucky reader to win!

The grand prize will include:

Print copies of ‘Daughter of Hauk’, ‘Son of Corse’, ‘Mark of the Successor’, and ‘Challenges Met’ (signed to a person of the winner’s choosing)

A tote bag with the cover of ‘Fin’s Magic’

A t-shirt with the cover of ‘Daughter of Hauk’ on the front and ‘You’re tough, you can take it’ on the back.

Signed postcards and business cards.

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So, head on over to my FB page and hit the ‘like’ button! And I promise to work on another book once this heat goes away!

BB

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Good morning!

I need more coffee. LOL. It’s one of those mornings where I’m trying to get so much done that I’m thinking I need some sort of i.v. pole hooked up with my coffee machine.

The road from the day you start writing until you hit the level of success you dream of is long. Longer than most of us want to traverse. Some of us have the patience for it, stick to it during the rocky parts. Find ways to swing over the pits and keep moving forward. Others don’t. They give up and go home, either convinced they’re a failure or blaming anyone else they can on their lack of overnight success.

What those authors don’t realize is the thing that keeps the rest of us going is remembering the small victories along the way. How it felt to get that first contract…holding your book in your hands as a printed copy for the first time….seeing someone’s face light up because they’re meeting a ‘real’ author and knowing it’s you they’re so excited to meet.

Reading a review from someone you don’t know, that loves your book. Getting emails or messages on Twitter/FaceBook from readers asking when the next book is coming out.

Being asked for your autograph or to pose for a photo with a reader. Signing the Wall of Fame at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR.

These small things matter. They’re not going to happen every day. Some only happen once, others will have months in between. We use the memories of these moments to get us through the bad times. The dry months when no one wants to buy a book or leave a review.

And we should never forget them.

BB

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I met the ‘like’ goals on my FB page! The cover art and full page have been shared.

However, I don’t want to leave all of you out in the cold! Here’s the cover!

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And here’s the promised page from the book!

Blackness enveloped Arwenna.  Not a gentle one, swathing her like a comfortable blanket.  Rather, it chilled her to her very core.  This was wrong.  It wasn’t going to be a peaceful sleep.  Her mouth opened to scream, but no sound emerged. 

            The guttering light of torches flirted with the edges of the black void, slowly eating away at it.  She knew she was suspended in the air.  All the dreams had that in common.  It was what she would see as the darkness dissipated that changed.

            Before, it had been a sitting room or bedroom.  She hadn’t been able to recognize any of the figures in the room, or hear what they said.  But the feeling of evil had remained with her for days afterwards.  What was below her now was no bedchamber, though.  It was something far more frightening.

            Torches filled the area with light and shadows; she tasted the thick smoke rising from them.  A man, someone she did not know, lay on a stone altar.  A robed figure moved around towards an elderly priest.  A shadow behind it grabbed at the old man’s hair, pulling his head back.  She could see the face.  A tear rolled silently down her cheek as she watched the knife slice slowly through Father Cedric’s neck.  Memories of her brief childhood with her own kind darted as fragments through her mind.  His face was there almost as much as her mother’s.

            The metallic smell of blood assaulted her as two more figures were slaughtered.  Arwenna felt the power within her build to the point where it felt as if she would explode.  The people below were summoning black magic.  Whatever was going on, she needed to stop it.  Tapping into the reservoir of power within her, she started to hurl bolts of lightning towards the figure holding the chalice.  Nothing made it through.  Panic rose within her as the blood filled cup was held to the lips of the person on the slab.  She could not allow the spell to be completed!  The lightning bolts changed to balls of fire and ice. 

 

Excited yet?

Right now, we’re looking at an August 2013 release! I’ll let you know an exact date once it’s set!

BB

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I know, it’s Tuesday! This is what happens when you realize you meant to add things to your Monday blog post and spaced them!

I’ll also be posting again tomorrow, as part of a blog scavenger hunt!

So, what’s so important I couldn’t wait another week to tell you all? It’s a couple of things.

As you may remember, a few months ago I was offered the absolutely amazing opportunity to start my own blogtalk radio show online. I spent a lot of time thinking about it last weekend, and I’ve passed on hosting for now. The timing isn’t right. Our daughters are now in middle school and high school, and the schedule is getting more and more unpredictable. And full. Weekends are quickly becoming the only real family time we have. I’m super busy with work for Solstice (submissions for Shadows are picking up!), plus writing and promoting my own work. Pam, the host of Authors on the Air, was incredibly understanding. I may guest host for her now and then, so keep a watch out for those announcements! But I’m not ready for a show of my own. Yet.

The other thing is to let anyone who hasn’t gotten a copy of ‘Daughter of Hauk’ yet, but have a Nook and/or prefer Smashwords over Amazon, to go get it soon. I’m going to enroll DoH in Amazon’s Prime program next week (probably July 1st). When I do that, it has to come down off of the other sites and be exclusive to Amazon. Why would I do this? I get more sales from Amazon than anywhere else. 

‘Mark of the Successor’ will remain on all sites, and I’ll be listing ‘Son of Corse’ on all of them as well. I’m probably going to put a title on all the sites Solstice sells through for the first year they’re out, then move them over to Amazon only. So, if you own a Nook, I recommend you go pick up a copy!

I think that brings you up to speed. Don’t forget the ‘like’ contest on my FB page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492?ref=hl

I’m at 367 likes now…at 375, I’m posting the cover for ‘Son of Corse’!!!!!!! At 400, you’ll get treated to an entire page from the book!!!!

BB

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Things moved forward over the weekend on the next book. “Wielder of Tiren” will be the third and final book in the Raven Chronicles series. It’s officially started 🙂

To celebrate, I’m doing some promos on my FB author page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/KateMarie-Collins/217255151699492?ref=hl). I’m currently sitting at 367 ‘likes’ for the page. I’d like to see that get to 400.

This is what I’m offering to help get there. At 375, I’ll post the cover art for ‘Son of Corse’. It’s done, and ready to be shown off. But I promised my FB followers they’d get first peek.

At 400, I’ll be posting an entire page from ‘Son of Corse’ on the FB page!!!!!!!

If you have the time and inclination, go to the above link and add your ‘like’ to the total. It’s very likely I’ll share those things here, as well, but I did promise to do it on FB first.

And I plan on keeping those promises!

BB

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