Friday, July 29, 2016

#FreebieFriday: Dead Again--It was fun the first time!


On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. 

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself--or die trying. 


Over 200 5-star reviews and free on Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo, and elsewhere. And don't forget the giveaway below! $100 and a Kindle Fire.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

#ThursdayThoughts: #Kindle is Great but #Kobo is Killin' It Too #IndiesBeSeen



Today's Thursday's Tip: Distribute widely.

Like most indie authors, my default promo page is Amazon. Why? Well because on Amazon my book has over 400 reviews and over 90% of them positive. The majority of my purchase traffic routes through Amazon. But to say that Amazon is the only place to direct readers to would be a narrow view of publishing.

It's good to have as many product pages as possible. Not everyone has a kindle. And not everyone likes Amazon.

My Kobo page is also getting a lot of traffic these days. It's got 186 ratings and several nice reviews as well. And iTunes has 79 ratings on its product page.

What's my point?

That you have options and you should take advantage of them. You can use KDP to get your book in the Amazon store, and a reputable distributor like Smashwords can get your books in the iTunes, Nook, and Kobo markets as well.

So think about it. Maybe it really is 'the more the merrier'. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When You Die for a Living, Is Happily Ever After Possible? #amwriting

As many of you finish up Worth Dying For , you guys have questions about what is going to happen in the last two books, Dying Breath and Dying Day.

Well tough! I'm not giving away spoilers!

But without giving away the juicy tidbits, I can give you some relief. (I think). Here are some questions that I've gotten most since the release of the fifth Jesse Sullivan novel in May.

Are there really only going to be two more books?
Yes. Dying Breath (November 2016) and Dying Day (May 2017)

Are there really REALLY only going to be just two more books--I just love Jesse so much!
Okay, well there might be an 8th book someday, telling it all from Caldwell's perspective. And a "9th" book of short stories outlining Jesse's death replacements (all or at least most of the 67) that happened before Dying for a Living began. But really, after Dying Day, the story should be considered "complete".

Worth Dying For got super dark, super fast! Please tell me that Jesse is headed for a happy ending...?
I think there is a happy ending for Jesse. Please keep in mind that I'm pretty morbid and what I think of as "happy" might be a little less "happy" for you...but I do think "happy ending" is right.

Who will be speaking (the narrator/s) in Dying Breath and Dying Day?

Dying Breath is narrated by Maisie and Jesse. Dying Day will be narrated by Jesse and Ally--with a third-person epilogue on the end from Gloria's POV.

OMG!!! WHY IS GLORIA GIVING THE EPILOGUE? IS EVERYONE ELSE DEAD? YOU HEARTLESS BITCH!!!
Yeah, spoilers. Sorry. But have a little faith!

Is Lane ever coming back?
While it is true that Lane was more important in the earlier books, he might make a small appearance in Dying Day---assuming his scenes don't end up on the cutting room floor!

Will we see Brinkley again? Rachel?
You might be surprised.

Is Jesse and Ally going to end up together--like forever? Happily ever after?
S.P.O.I.L.E.R.S.

Are we ever going to find out what the angels want and why they are here?
Yes. All is revealed in Dying Day, which heavily features the Jesse-Gabriel relationship.

When will Worth Dying For be on audiobook?

It's in post-production now, actually. Even with delays *shakes fist at Audible* it should be ready by the end of August.

That's all for now, folks! If you haven't already, enter the giveaway for the $100 and Kindle Fire below.


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Friday, July 22, 2016

#Fridayreads: A Poem by Sappho #poetry

One Girl

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                                I 
Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough, 
Atop on the topmost twig, — which the pluckers forgot, somehow, — 
Forget it not, nay; but got it not, for none could get it till now. 

                               II 
Like the wild hyacinth flower which on the hills is found, 
Which the passing feet of the shepherds for ever tear and wound, 
Until the purple blossom is trodden in the ground.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

#TBT: Need a Break? Try this #humor #webcomics

Most writers work tirelessly at their desk, at all hours, with or without compensation, for what? 

FOR WHAT?!

If you find yourself asking this very question while trying to trudge through your latest WIP, why not take a break! For this very pupose I have made a list of   webcomics for your enjoyment.  They are in no particular order.

Nimona
So much sassy! For those who love the sass! Smart, feminist, science. Monster girls. And the actual book-book was good too. A lovely friend got it for me for Christmas. So if web isn't your thing, you can get a holdable copy.

Questionable Content
Don't start this if you're a complete-ist. So much (questionable) content. So little time.

xkcd
A comic for nerdy nerds. Enjoy the deadpan.

The Devil's Panties
Not as pervy as it sounds. Just a girl being adorable.

Teahouse
Way more pervy than it sounds. Beware if you are uncomfortable with yaoi, fancy whores, and men-loving men.

The Oatmeal
Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably heard of this one. Intelligent, informative, and fun.

Cyanide and Happiness
Not for the faint of heart so read at your own risk. Hit or miss and sometimes downright repulsive.

Ava's Demon
So pretty! As the name implies, to be enjoyed by SFF fans.

Battlepug
Battle. Pug. Need I say more?

If you have favorites to share, please do so below. Otherwise, have fun! :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#Tuesdaybookblog: My TBR Pile #amreading

A little accountability goes a long way. Here are the books that I hope to finish by August 30!

The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking
Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Night Shift by Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman
Cause for Alarm by Erica Spindler
The Girl of Fire and Thornes by Rae Carson
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


and then whatever book club picks! :D

Have you read any of these? Further recommendations? Your own TBR pile to share?


Friday, July 15, 2016

#Freebiefriday #instaFreebie: Dying for a Living


On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. 
 
As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself--or die trying.

Called "addictive" by New York Times Bestseller Darynda Jones, those interested in diverse voices, snark, and dark humor will take a shine to the reluctant anti-hero of the series.

You can sign up for my newsletter and claim your free ebook on instafreebie now. 


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#Fridayreads: Love's Philosophy #poetry

Love’s Philosophy

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The fountains mingle with the river 
   And the rivers with the ocean, 
The winds of heaven mix for ever 
   With a sweet emotion; 
Nothing in the world is single; 
   All things by a law divine 
In one spirit meet and mingle. 
   Why not I with thine?— 

See the mountains kiss high heaven 
   And the waves clasp one another; 
No sister-flower would be forgiven 
   If it disdained its brother; 
And the sunlight clasps the earth 
   And the moonbeams kiss the sea: 
What is all this sweet work worth 
   If thou kiss not me?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

#Tuesdaybookblog: A #Kindle Fire and $100 #giveaway


What?

You thought after last month's giveaway I was done with you? Muhahah! Silly rabbit. Naw, I've got one more trick up my sleeve.

From now until my birthday next month, I want to give away a brand new Kindle Fire and a $100 giftcard (of your choice, most vendors available) to two lucky winners (one of you get will get the Fire, the other the $100 giftcard).


And while the entries are well-suited for new Jesse fans, I don't want to put long time Jesse fans at a disadvantage. That is why I left the entries options "open" so that any old 'likes' and reviews that you may have posted in the last two years could be used for this giveaway too.

It's pretty easy to verify names and double-check entries once it's time to give away the prizes, so I'd rather be inclusive than exclusive! So enter now! Enter all the things! 

A note about the review entries:
-the reviews do not have to be long at all (they can be as short as one word)
-they should absolutely be honest. Ass-kissery doesn't improve your chances of winning
-the review entry can be done every day. So for those of you who want to do all five books, and the boxset, hit up Amazon (or another retailer like Barnes and Noble or iTunes), and then Goodreads, etc...you can spread it out a day at a time.  


Copy/Paste, baby.

No purchase is necessary to participate. Tweeting, Bookbub following (free to join) and Amazon  following can all be done without a purchase. And it costs nothing to have a Goodreads account or sign up for the newsletter. 

Amazon doesn't technically require that you buy the book either, in order to post a review for a product, but I would prefer that people only leave reviews if they've actually read a book!


And if you're BRAND NEW to Jesse and the gang, here's a free one on me. I'll get you started with the first book in the series, Dying for a Living.

It's always free on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, Nook and more. And it has over 200 5-star reviews. Hope you love it.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

#Fridayreads: A Poem by Billy Collins #poetry

Fishing on the Susquehanna in July

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I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest.

Not in July or any month
have I had the pleasure—if it is a pleasure—
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

I am more likely to be found
in a quiet room like this one—
a painting of a woman on the wall,

a bowl of tangerines on the table—
trying to manufacture the sensation
of fishing on the Susquehanna.

There is little doubt
that others have been fishing
on the Susquehanna,

rowing upstream in a wooden boat,
sliding the oars under the water
then raising them to drip in the light.

But the nearest I have ever come to
fishing on the Susquehanna
was one afternoon in a museum in Philadelphia

when I balanced a little egg of time
in front of a painting
in which that river curled around a bend

under a blue cloud-ruffled sky,
dense trees along the banks,
and a fellow with a red bandanna

sitting in a small, green
flat-bottom boat
holding the thin whip of a pole.

That is something I am unlikely
ever to do, I remember
saying to myself and the person next to me.

Then I blinked and moved on
to other American scenes
of haystacks, water whitening over rocks,

even one of a brown hare
who seemed so wired with alertness
I imagined him springing right out of the frame.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

#Fridayreads #Flashsale for all the #Urbanfantasy Fans


The entire Dying for a Living series is on sale for $.99. This weekend only.
Maybe you're just finishing up Dying for a Living, or you're well into Dying Light.  Wherever you are on your adventure with Jesse and the gang, this sale is for you.  Through Sunday (July 10), you can download any (or all) of the Jesse Sullivan novels for just $.99.

Or if you're into Audible audiobooks, downloading the ebook automatically adjusts the price of the audiobook down to $ 1.99, saving you more than $20 in most cases. HINT: Download the boxset and then receive THREE audiobooks for just $1.99.


Get your books here.

So whether you treat yourself, or  all your book-loving friends with summer birthdays, I hope this perks up your weekend.

Until next time,

Kory



Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July and Five Free Reads #kindle

What better way to celebrate your FREEdom than with some FREE reads?

Here are five books that are free (at time of this posting) for you to enjoy:

Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Welcome to Hanover House…. 


Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? 

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst. 

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries. 

He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong... 


255 5-star reviews. Get it on kindle now.

Ghostly Interests (A Harper Harlow Mystery Book 1)

Harper Harlow lives in a world of ghosts. 
She sees them. She talks to them. She investigates them. She sends them on their merry way. 
She’s not embarrassed by her abilities, and she’s not afraid to be who she is. She’s also not looking for a relationship. 
Enter Jared Monroe, a smooth-talking police detective who sees things in black and white and ignores any shades of gray. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, and while he’s intrigued by the feisty blonde ghost detective, he’s not interested in the paranormal. 
When twenty-one-year-old Annie Dresden’s body washes up on the beach of Whisper Cove, Harper and Jared collide. Sparks may be flying, but so is confusion and mistrust. 
Harper calls on her loyal band of ghost hunters to solve the crime, and Jared relies on his training to tackle the same problem. It doesn’t matter what approach they take because all paths are destined to intersect. 
Can Harper and Jared learn to work together? And, more importantly, can new ghosts let go of the past and give in to an obscure future? It’s anyone’s guess when big personalities go to war and find they might have more in common than they think.


74 5-star reviews. Get yours on kindle.

Burned by Magic: a New Adult Fantasy Novel (The Baine Chronicles Book 1


In the city of Solantha, mages rule absolute, with shifters considered second-class citizens and humans something in between. No one outside the mage families are allowed to have magic, and anyone born with it must agree to have it stripped from them to avoid execution. 


Sunaya Baine, a shifter-mage hybrid, has managed to keep her unruly magic under wraps for the last twenty-four years. But while chasing down a shifter-hunting serial killer, she loses control of her magic in front of witnesses, drawing the attention of the dangerous and enigmatic Chief Mage. 

Locked up in the Chief Mage’s castle and reduced to little more than a lab rat, Sunaya resists his attempts to analyze and control her at every turn. But she soon realizes that to regain her freedom and catch the killer, she must overcome her hatred of mages and win the most powerful mage in the city to her side. 


119 5-star reviews. Get your kindle copy here.

Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. Book 1)



The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge. But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay.

With over 780 5-star reviews, it's got to be good! Get yours here.

Frey by Melissa Wright
Unaware she's been bound from using magic, Frey leads a small, miserable life in the village where she's sent after the death of her mother. But a tiny spark starts a fury of changes and she finds herself running from everything she's ever known. 
Hunted by council for practicing dark magic, she is certain she's been wrongfully accused. She flees, and is forced to rely on strangers for protection. But the farther she strays from home, the more her magic and forgotten memories return and she begins to suspect all is not as it seems.


180 5-star reviews. Get yours here.

Bonus! My novel Dying for a Living has over 200 five-star reviews and can also be found for free on kindle.

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. 
 
As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself--or die trying.

Called "addictive" by New York Times Bestseller Darynda Jones, those interested in diverse voices, snark, and dark humor will take a shine to the reluctant anti-hero of the series.  

Friday, July 1, 2016

#Fridayreads: A Poem by Dorianne Laux

Fourth of July

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The neighborhood cringes behind windows
washed in magnesium light, streamers fizzling
above the shingled rooftop of the apartments
across the street where teenaged boys
with mannish arms throw cherry bombs,
bottle rockets, wings and spinners, snappers,
chasers, fiery cryolite wheels onto the avenue.
Paint flakes off the flammable houses
and onto brave square plots of white grass.
Rain-deprived vines sucker the shutters.
Backyard dogs tear at the dirt, cats
run flat out, their tails straight up.
What's liberty to the checkout girl
selling smokes and nuts, greenbacks
turning her fingers to grease? The boys
insist on pursuing happiness, their birthright:
a box of matches, crackers on strings,
sparklers, fountains, missiles, repeating shells,
Roman candles, Brazilian barrages.
We peek through blind slats to where they stand
around a manhole cover, the gold foam
of Corona bottles breaking at their feet,
young up-turned faces lit by large caliber
multi-shot aerials. We suffer each concussion,
the sulfer rush that smells like fear, each dizzy,
orgiastic display that says we love this country,
democracy, the right to a speedy trial. We're afraid
to complain, to cross the spent red casings
melted on asphalt in the morning's stunned
aftermath, to knock hard on any door, and find them
draped like dead men over the couches, the floor,
hands clasped behind their heads prison style,
shoulders tattooed, dreaming the dreams of free men
in summer, shirts off, holes in their jeans.