Losing Hold Update: Cover and Synopsis

Hello all! So last Friday I tried something a little different and had a Facebook event for my cover reveal. It went well, and I’m so excited to show off the cover to Losing Hold, the second book in my Cicatrix Duology!

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I’m thrilled with how it turned out. The colors are super vibrant, it meshes amazingly with the first cover, and it works well with a lot of different aspects of the story. I want to thank Rachel from Rachel George Illustrations for her lovely work on this cover. She does amazing art, and I’m so blessed to have her talents once again. I also want to thank Desert Palm Press for publishing my book! They’re a great company to work with.

Here’s the synopsis for Losing Hold:
After escaping Donavin’s grasp, Mia Foley and her crew crash on a prison planet and need to deal with its inhabitants, beast and criminals alike. Mia hears Donavin in her mind once again and knows the transformation into one of his drones isn’t far off. Trapped in her own body, lashing against Donavin each chance she gets, and fearful that she’ll lose it all, Mia has to rely on her crew—on Cassidy—to save her. But she’s not the only one transforming in her little group, and things never go as smoothly as they could out in the black.

This book will be published in April – NEXT MONTH! – and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll post more about it the closer we get to the pub date! (Getting more and more excited as it gets closer.)

Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!
Warm regards,
Kellie

 

Flight Anthology Pubbed Today!

front-coverHello everyone!

Guess what? The 2016 Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction anthology Flight is here, and I have a story in it! My scifi piece is entitled “A Sub Mechanic’s Panic.” It’s surrounded by some other amazing stories; I’m so happy to be included!

Here’s a bit about the competition:

A 300-word story should be easy, right? Many of our entrants say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever written.

Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest challenges authors to write a complete LGBTQ speculative fiction micro-story on a specific theme. “Flight” leaves much for the authors to interpret—winged creatures, flight and space vehicles, or fleeing from dire circumstances.

Some astonishing stories were submitted—from horrific, bloodcurdling pieces to sweet, contemplative ones—and all LGBTQ speculative fiction. The stories in this anthology include AI’s and angels, winged lions, and wayward aliens. Smart, snappy slice of life pieces written for entertainment or for social commentary. Join us for brief and often surprising trips into 110 speculative fiction authors’ minds.

Other important details and links:

The book is available in eBook form (4.99), and will soon be available in paperback with b/w illustrations inside (12.99) and in a special collector’s edition with color illustrations (24.99).
Publisher (info only, no buy link yet)
Amazon
ARe
Kobo
Goodreads
Goodreads Series Page
Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Apple: Coming soon

If you like speculative fiction in the LGBT sphere, check out this anthology! I said it earlier but I’ll say it again, there are some amazing stories in this book, and I’m so happy to be among them.

(Also, writing a 300-word story is tough; fellow writers, you should try it sometime.)

I hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Blogpost Giveaway – Winner Announcement!

Hello everyone,

My Finding Hekate Blogpost Giveaway officially ended today, and the winner is: Crazy Grad Mama.

Congratulations, Crazy Grad Mama!!

The winner was chosen randomly, but I got some amazing responses to my question of What makes you fall in love with a book? Here’s what Crazy Grad Mama said:

“Hmm, good question. It depends on the type of book (fiction vs. non-fiction, etc.), but I’d say the one constant that really appeals to me in a book is good pacing. Not too slow or with too many extraneous details. It doesn’t have to be full of cliffhangers or anything, but I love it when I’m always excited to turn the page.”

I wanted to thank everyone who participated, too! I loved reading through all the comments. If you would like the chance to win some free signed copies of Finding Hekate, there are still two more giveaways going on over on my social media accounts:

  • A Twitter/Facebook Giveaway: Follow @Kellie_Doherty and retweet my Giveaway post today to be entered into my #bookgiveaway! You can also enter on Facebook by Liking my Facebook Giveaway post and Author Page. Two of my followers will win signed copies! I’ll announce those winners on Thursday, May 12th.
  • An Instagram Giveaway: Everyone who follows me and Likes my Giveaway post on Instagram will be entered to win a free book! This post also went live on today, and the winner of this one will be announced on Thursday, May 12th, too.

Good luck to everyone and again, congrats, Crazy Grad Mama! I look forward to sending you your signed copy of Finding Hekate!
Warm regards,
Kellie

 

Book Giveaway Brainstorming Day

So, I want to do a book giveaway. Last week a box of Finding Hekate books got shipped to me, ten total. Four of them are already claimed, so really there’s six. (I could always get more, though.) I left the box on my table where I can see it everyday, but it’s been a whole week and I haven’t figured out what kind of giveaway I’d like to do. (I’ve been working on my graduate thesis and trying really hard not to get sick, tbh.)

BUT I REALLY WANT TO DO A BOOK GIVEAWAY! AND WHO DOESN’T LOVE A FREE BOOK SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR?

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Look at all the books I can sign and give away!

To that end, I’ve decided that today is my Giveaway Brainstorming Day. Here’s what I’ve come up with thus far:

  • Fanart giveaway – where I give a character description/scene and give folks one (or two) weeks to complete it and pick the best one to get a free book
  • Newsletter giveaway – where someone at random from my newsletter subscribers gets a free book (if you want to join my newsletter, you can do so here! Burst go out on Saturdays!)
  • Social Media giveaway – where one of my followers on social media (on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram) who likes/shares/comments on a specific post about my book gets a free book
  • Blogpost giveaway – where I give a book to a follower on here who answers a specific question I post on this blog in the comment section

I’d like to come up with a few more and then pick the ones I like best.

To that end, my fellow authors, bloggers, and readers, I ask you: What kinds of giveaways do you do for your books/merch or partake in as a fan? And, if they were contests (like the fanart), did you receive many submissions or submit your own work?

Please leave a comment. I’d love to get some more ideas!

I hope you have a lovely Friday!
Warm regards,
Kellie

TEAR IT TO SHREDS!

So, in 2012 I participated in NaNoWriMo. My long-time blogger friends might remember my frenzy posts at 2am trying to beat the word-count. Or at least meet the damn thing. Well, I did. I finished it. I got my little award and I was psyched. I loved my story, I really did. I thought it was an amazing story with a ton of great characterization and details and world-building and tension. I adored the thing.

And the truth is, it was kind of crap. (Well, duh, since it was written in a month whilst trying to meet a 50,000 word count, so the language is a bit flowery, I didn’t have any contractions in the manuscript, and I wrote the rest of the thing in an after-NaNo haze because I thought it was a good idea.)

But I loved it anyway.

I dug it out of storage last year and re-read it. I thought, yeah, it’s okay. I like that weird character POV switch in the middle. The intensity of mysterious main characters. And I can get used to the flowery prose. You may also remember my exclamation that I wanted to self-publish the thing in November of 2013?

Well, I didn’t.

I sent it off to some writer friends first, and let me tell you, a flash of brilliance, that was.

Honestly, I was distraught when people didn’t fall in love with the first few chapters. When they were confused about the characters. When they pointed to the mid-story-addition of a new POV and laughed. (Okay, not laughed, but when they pointed it out and arched an eyebrow, I did because, come-on, what was I thinking?)

Anyway, because of the comments I’ve received thus far and because of my own ideas of how to make the story better, I decided to re-write a bunch of chapters, slice chapters (and POVs) out, and even add another layer to the current main characters. I’m pretty much in major editing/writing mode, where I tear the thing to shreds, pick up the pieces that I do like, and try to stitch it back together as a better version of itself.

The only problem I’m finding is that re-directing a novel that’s already written is hard. HARD! I like certain pieces of the older version but trying to stuff them into the newer version seamlessly is like trying to stuff a hippo into a grocery bag. It doesn’t fit so well. I end up cut and pasting, only to delete most of the older stuff anyway.

AND I have to figure out how to write this new direction. I already have my chapters laid out pretty well (written in a lovely untidy scrawl across multiple note-book pages), but the motivation of certain characters were muddled in the original and now fixing them is taking a bit of time.

No, never mind, it’s taking A LOT OF TIME!

But I figure, it’s okay. I’m beginning to like where this newer version is going. How the characters are developing. Yes, it’ll take time to re-write everything… and then go back and edit the thing once I’m done re-writing it.

But that’s okay.

I think the finished product will be pretty damn good.

Of course, I’ll send it off to some other readers first.

Happy Weekend!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Divergent

I recently finished reading the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. This past weekend I even went to the first movie of what surely will be four (since they do that with book trilogies nowadays). And I have to say, I liked them both. (I won’t go to go into much detail here, in case anyone hasn’t read the books. I never like spoilers…)


Concerning the books:

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(Amazon.com.)


Book 1 – awesome. Good characterization, nice set up of a unique world, heavy fast-paced action. Yes, there are some issues with it (some of the fight scenes got a bit long, I’d like to have spent that time hanging out with some of the characters), but overall it was a pretty good book. Easily marketable, too. I loved the twist at the end.

Book 2 – still pretty awesome. It was a quick read, although it did lag just a bit in the middle.

Book 3 – on the fence. As a writer, I have to admit this book bothered me just a bit. It seemed… well… a bit obvious what was going to happen a few pages into it. I won’t put in any spoilers, but it did disappoint me a little bit. That said, however, the book still kept up with the previous two and allowed some of the characters to grow.

Should you read them? – Yes. Of course you should. Everyone’s reading them. It’s become a best-seller and it’s pretty obvious why. Let me know what you think of the ending.


Concerning the movie:

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(Film Poster)

I was a bit disappointed in the movie, but only because they didn’t show some key scenes found in the book. And, be honest now, that happens all the time. Of course movies can’t pack in as much as books, different mediums focus on different things and that’s okay. I did like how they focused on the factions and the worldbuilding. It’s so important to understand their world before moving forward.

Should you see the movie? – Yes, if you liked the book and don’t mind missing a few things.

Sorry for the short post, but life’s been a bit crazy for me lately.
Warm regards,
Kellie

I’m Back!

Vacation was lovely. The cruise stopped in sunny port after sunny port and in Florida we enjoyed fresh squeezed juice from oranges we picked ourselves. I got a nice little tan out of it and plenty of memories. I think the Magic Ice frozen bar was the best, especially after all the freaking heat we encountered. I also got to work on the 2nd installment of my sci-fi duology. I didn’t have near as much time as I thought I’d have (visions of completing the novel floated through my mind before I left), but at least I got some done.

This week was “Back to Reality” madness. With work, writing groups, volunteer meetings and the sheer stress of waking up at 4:15 every morning (thank you East Coast) I have not had time to pen my usual (or unusual) thoughts on writing and publishing.

But never fear!

I shall restart my usual weekly posts next week (5/31), starting with a look at LGBT writing and why I personally have been writing in that genre.

Have a lovely Memorial weekend!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Status Update

…like the title says…


Writing Adventures

Science Fiction Novel (2nd installment in my duology)

– 21,500 words 

– 7 chapters

– Commentary: After being stuck on this one area for the past two weeks, I was finally able to break through! I finished chapter 7 and am currently on chapter 8. Ah, the crazy world of writing….

Science Fiction Short Story (an AI piece)

– 952 words

– Commentary: I’m not very far into this one, I’ll admit, but I thought of the idea last Friday (3/8) and I’ve been working on it ever since. I’m excited to see how I can weave all my ideas into the plot-line and characters. I think my take on AIs are different than other versions, but I’ll definitely send it out to my writer friends for critique first.

Fantasy Novella Series (magic, swordplay, scribes and more!)

– 200 words

– Still on 1st chapter

– Commentary: I was so psyched about my first main character that I started writing it before realizing I should probably put this one on hold so I can fully concentrate on my 2nd novel. But I am 200 words into it!

Fanfiction Fluff Piece (Teen Titans)

– 10 words

– Commentary: I started this one today because I was tired of writing science fiction stuff (I love my sci-fi pieces but sometimes I need a break and, while I don’t want to write two of my ‘huge’ projects at once, a fluff piece is a good middle ground.) It’s going to be a romance between two of my favorite characters of TT – Raven and Starfire. Yes, it’s a lesbian piece. Yes, there will be feels. Yes, I am trying this out to hopefully get better at it before I have to write out a very specific scene in my sci-fi novel. (Bonus – I’ll probably have to watch Teen Titans in order to ‘get back into’ the characters again. Memories.)

 

Publishing Adventures

Submitted to: RAW – Beware, the Temptress Comes

Submitted to: Poety24 – Alaskan Adventure

Working on: Submission to Laser and Sword – the sci-fi AI short I mentioned above, unnamed as of now

Working on: Submission to F Magazine – The Damsel’s Knight

 

Editing Adventures

My freelance editing has taken an upswing as recently I got to edit some more of my client’s works. Currently I’m in the midst of two: 

– A collection of Alaskan Articles

– Various selections of a proposal

I’m going to put my ad up on craigslist with my website and facebook – I made a facebook page for my freelancing! – links to hopefully hook some more clients in. I’ll also be shooting a ‘How are you doing?’ email to my current clients that I haven’t heard from in awhile.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with this facet of my life and I hope you are as happy with yours as well.

Have a lovely weekend!
Warm regards,
Kellie

An Odd Quandary

So I’ve come to a dilemma. A crossroads. A quandary, if you will.

I have too many things I’d like to write.

I know, I know! Talk about your first-world problems, right? As if having too many stories to tell is a bad thing, as if having too many characters conversing in my mind is unfortunate, as if the plotlines are gathering dust in their disuse.

And yet, somehow, someway, it is and they are. I’m not actively spending time with every one of my stories and, so, I feel them drifting – no, not drifting, fading would be a better term – fading away almost. And I don’t know how to stop it. (Well, I do know, but it seems tricky to me. Continue on…)

For example, in this moment of time I am trying to focus on finishing my biopunk NaNoWriMo novel – at 53,000 words in I’m about 3/4ths the way done. I have to admit, at the end of the NaNo event I kind of fell off writing for a week or so, I didn’t write much at all actually. I’m back on now, with a goal of writing at least 1,000 words per day. It’s a lot of work and I enjoy doing it, and you’d think my muse would understand that I only want to focus on this one thing.

She doesn’t.

No, instead of only thinking about gears, wiring, and splicing DNA, I’m coming up with ideas for character flaws in my fantasy novella series. I continuously have a hankering to write in the sci-fi universe I created. I have random images for a fictionpress poem. I even have some ideas to spice up old fanfiction pieces. This is not biopunk. This is not my NaNo Novel. Why do I have these ideas springing into my head?

And it’s not like I’m… complaining per say. I like that I have these ideas. I always try to jot them down. I like that my creativity is taking this leap forward.

But sometimes… sometimes I feel like if I don’t write in my other stories I’ll somehow loose them. Like they won’t be as focused in my mind’s eye. Like the characters won’t be as bright as I know they are now.

And I know what the solution is: take some time for each story. Delegate a day each week to one specific idea – my sci-fi novel, the novella series, fictionpress or fanfiction – and just stick to it. It seems simple.

Here’s the kicker, though, I’ve never written in multiple stories at once. I don’t really want to try it, either, honestly. I prefer to finish this NaNoNovel before jumping into a different world. Yet it seems like that’s what I should do. And so, I think… perhaps… I’ll try. I think it would be best to start with little things – poetry for my fictionpress, some fluff fanfiction maybe – and see how that goes. If it works then I can write in my sci-fi universe and the novella series AND my NaNo Novel all at once.

Having never done this before, though, I have to ask… Has anyone actually done this before? Is it hard? What kind of suggestions would you have for a multi-universe writer?

Anything would be helpful at this point so if you have any ideas, throw them my way!

Enjoy the weekend… let’s hope for snow, eh?
Warmest regards,
Kellie