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My Blog Crush: The Passive Voice

Is it possible to crush on a blog? So elegant, so many sources, a virtual index of great writing blogs. If you haven’t been there yet, you must subscribe to The Passive Voice.

If you see this, you know you're in the right place.

If you see this, you know you’re in the right place.

A few reasons to do it last week.

  • Regarding Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings Report: “PG says that was bound to stir things up in Mordor.”
  • Great authors’ quotes like: “When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: “House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.”Neil Gaiman
  • Is #Indie Publishing Worth It? Would I do it again? A tell-all.

  • So many post categories like: From The Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Day: Mummerset, n.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 

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2014 The Year of 100 Books

Screen Shot 2014-01-06 at 11.30.19 PM Do you enjoy making lists?  Delight in ticking items off the list? Or even, sometimes adding something to the to-do list that you’ve already done so you can mark it off? It’s not just me, right?

So for someone like me, whose blog tag line is “Reader, writer, reviewer,” listing my reading goal for the year on Goodreads is great fun. For the past couple years I was shooting for 50 books. In 2013 a couple technical difficulties kept me from making steady progress on checking off the books I read.  Turns out I can’t just mark something “Read.” For all they know that book was completed 10 years ago and I just now scanned it in. (Yes, you can scan in the bar codes of your entire library!) The date finished must be recorded to receive credit.

You’re a smart cookie, I’m sure, and have already figured out that in 2014 my goal is 100 books. Why double down? Reading in multiple formats at the same time makes me feel like I can conquer the world (or at least my ebook, audio, and paper book piles). Also, I’ve joined a regular book club with a terrific group of women who inspire me to dig deeper and go further. (Thank you Ladies!)

Course my man wants me to read Game of Thrones next. How many pages is that thing anyway?

Will I be reviewing all 100 books? Absolutely not. But you can bet your bottom bed sheet that I’ll let you know about the best of the best. Here’s to 2014!

 

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Tis the Season Reading: Indie Children’s Book

Yahoo photo smallerI “met” Barbara Ann Derksen through social media and have been impressed again and again with how professional and friendly an independent author she is. So when I discovered her Christmas children’s book, I had to reach out to see if she would like to participate in my blog series.

Of course she wanted to participate, AND she’s contributing a free copy for my Tis the Season Reading Giveaway launching this weekend. She is definitely one author hoping to hear from you; just check out her links to connect.

Amazon.com – http://amzn.to/MPPTst
Amazon.ca – http://amzn.to/K2flez
Amazon author page – http://amzn.to/KLEDab
Goodreads – http://bit.ly/GJcTCd
Click to see on Amazon

Click to see on Amazon

So without further ado, I present “Scruffles Finds a Home”. Here’s the gist:

Scruffles, a tiny field mouse, seeks warmth from the winter chills inside a large, red brick building. Once inside she encounters a number of characters whom she discovers are inanimate but … she also is chased by a large man in a red suit. What does he want with her? She scurries hither and yon but eventually he catches up. Find out what happens next in Scruffles Finds a Home.
What might motivate an author like Ms. Derksen? Check out her bio:
Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life.

With 17 books to her credit, Barbara works hard to develop a social media presence. Her books can be found on Amazon at http://amzn.to/MPPTst, at Barnes and Nobles, and on her website, http://www.barbaraannderksen.com.

Canadian born, Barbara is a member of The Writer’s Collective, and Christian Motorcyclists Association, USA.

I expect a little mystery for Scruffles as well, but you’ll have to find that out from the book. My thanks to Barbara and everyone joining in the Tis the Season Reading Series. —Kristin

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A stylist turns assassin in Better Off Dead, FREE short story (offer good till Dec. 22, 2013) http://amzn.to/1fCeVHN

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books)

 

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Tis the Season Reading: Clean Christmas Reads from Indies

A Clean Indie Reads Short StoryLooks like I’m not the only one sending out regular Christmas reads right now.  If you haven’t heard of Clean Indie Reads, you might want to check them out. When you find a book there you can count on family-friendly fair. What does “clean” mean?

Does that mean everything on this site is squeaky-clean Disney-Princess pure?  Well, no.

They contain no erotica or sexually explicit scenes.

They contain no graphic violence or gore.

The authors have curtailed offensive language.

The site also notes:

Faith-promoting books of all religions are welcome, but this site will not post books that directly or indirectly preach against another belief system.

Sounds pretty great to me!

With that in mind they try to give you a little extra for each Christmas story such as a little author interview, some reviews, a nice size back-cover blurb. For instance, today’s post features “A Pine Cove Christmas” short story available on Amazon with the last question to the author being:

CIR: What makes A Pine Cove Christmas unique?
LEIGH: I like the setting of this book.  It takes place in an older inn located in the Adirondack Mountains. The inn is surrounded by pine trees and solitude.  It’s the perfect place to get off the grid and get back in touch with what’s real.
So with all this in mind I heartily recommend you check out theCleanIndiesReads Blog link here and book mark it while you’re there so you can easily browse them again in the future.
Get great insight on these other Holiday reads at CleanIndieReads:
The Two Shepherds by Steve Mathisen (Children’s ebook Free on Author’s website)
The Christmas Tree Inheritance by Peggy Holloway
Frank, Incense and Muriel (Award Winner for Romantic Elements)
And more!
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Kristin King is an author, reviewer, and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 

 
 

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Tis the Season Reading Poem: A Moon Watcher’s Night Before Christmas

This came up on my reader last week and I just had to include it The Season series. Hope you enjoy this bit of Poetry Light. And thanks to Author Thomas Watson for sharing this bit of whimsy much to my delight.

A Moon Watcher’s Night Before Christmas.

 
 

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Attacked on Tuesday at ATM

Tuesday afternoon I was standing at an ATM when a huge man grabbed me from behind, lifted me into the air and took me to the ground. Here’s what he was wearing..rad suit

I should tell you that this was part of a training scenario in a self-defense class I took that was based on RAD Programs.

RAD has classes for Kids, Women’s Only, Men’s Only, Seniors etc. and are affordable (apprx. $25). Once you do a complete class you can return to any class worldwide to practice and brush up.

If you’re a writer like me and have never experienced audio-exclusion, this could be a great opportunity to kick some reality into your conflict scenes.

BTW, my “bad-guy” instructor was 6′ 3″ tall and 235 lbs, but I fought him off with my new skills and coaching to break free to the safe zone. I’m a believer.

Below is a photo from the site. Click it to go get RAD-ical.

RAD classes and description

 

 

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2013 in Moments, Websites of Interest

 

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Book (Store) News: The Dream

My hometown just opened a new playground.

My hometown just opened a new playground.

You already know I love books, right? I read them (voraciously), now I’m writing them (slowly), and publishing (regularly). Seems having my own bookstore is the next logical step, right?

Perhaps you too cruise Main St. USA (for me Princeton, KY) and eye good store fronts for a Book Shoppe (spelled that way b/c I’ll serve ice cream instead of coffee). My dream is dying as more and more large bookstores close down–or is it?

This week from Dean Wesley Smith:

Even though everyone believes the myths that bookstores are dying, they are not. (But what do facts have to do with myths, right? FACT: Four years running there are more brick-an-mortar bookstores than the previous year. AND THAT’S NOT COUNTING ONLINE BOOKSTORES.)

That’s right–enter the INDIE Bookstore! A whole new business model (wheels turning).

More here on Smith’s “The New World of Publishing: What Is a Print Run, Grandpa?”