Friday, March 22, 2013

Thank You!

Thank you *so much* for all the well wishes (on the blog, via twitter, FB, email, etc.). We're very stoked, though there's been an adjustment period (I'm just not used to being this tired, quite frankly). I'm normally happy to tackle a million things at once. 

Anywho. I promise this will not become a pregnancy blog. You wouldn't have to worry about that anyway, since, if I let that happen, most of my posts would be about food. 

Because food is all that matters. Chocolate food, and salty food, and dairy food. . . .

Just FOOD. Because it's good.

I am a Bottomless Pit.

In the meantime, I'm working on cover photos and getting a summary together, and I'll probably begin formatting this weekend, so . . . Yes! New Release! Coming Soon!

Enjoy your weekend!  :)


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

News that is News but not Book News

I know! I know!

I promised book news in the "coming weeks" weeks ago, and then more weeks passed because things kept happening, and I do--I really really do have a project to release very very soon--but some things got in the way. . . . 

And I should probably just come out and say that:

I am pregnant!

And this wasn't a surprise surprise . . . not like my first, who is now seven. . . . But I found that, instead of reading and writing and working on book releases, I was just trying to DEAL.

And by DEAL, I mean my grandmother passed away the week I found out, and suddenly I was exhausted and emotional, and then I started feeling wretched--nauseous twenty-four hours a day--

**breaking here to say that I was horribly ill for seven weeks with the first**

And so I became horribly ill again. And it was bad. And then I was eleven weeks along, so I thought it would end soon.

And then I went to the doctor again and SURPRISE! I'm not eleven weeks pregnant, I'm only nine!!


So I was nine weeks pregnant, and then ten, and then eleven. . . . And then I was nine weeks, and ten weeks, and eleven weeks all over again! (Which was psychologically damning, let me tell you).

Good news is, when I was BACK to nine weeks for the second time, the nurses hooked me up with a vitamin/med combo to keep me from puking all day every day. So . . . I could sit up again! And I could stand! And walk! And I didn't feel like I was going to die anymore! And life was pretty good!

Unfortunately, the reading and the editing and the trying to prepare this book for release fell to the back burner.

(I felt like you guys might understand, though.) :)

So, I'm twelve weeks, and getting pretty fat, and drinking a LOT of milk--which I can't seem to get enough of. I'm jacked up on so many vitamins it's not even funny, but it beats the alternative (which looks a lot like "bed-ridden"). And bedtime is like, 11 o'clock now--which is strange, because I'm more of a 1am kind of gal. 

But that is me. And that's what's happening in my life. And that's why blog posts and tweets were kind of sparse for a while, and that's why--though it's so close I can FEEL it--there is no new release.

But the new release is coming. . . .

I Promise! 

And then there will be ANOTHER release to prepare for--one I'm guessing will debut in late September. But first thing's first. New book. Some time to bake. Some time to mellow. Some time to let Mr. Klein do all the cooking and cleaning and actually get away with it. . . . And lots of milk to drink, apparently, because if I don't drink milk, I will die. Of this, I am certain. :)

That is all. :)


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Indie Life: Keepin' it Real

Being indie is about being true to yourself and your story. It's about owning your characters and the choices they make. 

It's not about re-writing an ms every time a new agent rejection comes in. Or changing the ending (again) because it doesn't speak to this editor or that one. It's about telling the story you feel compelled to tell.

Not that feedback isn't a good thing, but there's this saying:

too many cooks in the kitchen. . . . 

Don't spoil your vision because of the whims of others. 
You will never be able to please everybody, so make sure you're happy, first.

Indie = Keepin' it Real.

Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hot New Releases!

by Leigh Talbert Moore
Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley's seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear--with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart... but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make.
Up until now, Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She's always done the right thing, played it safe, and then her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly. 
Fueled by anger and grief, she vows to do everything opposite of how she lived before. She rejects safety, the rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan. 
Jordan has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, he's a great kisser... but he's also safe. 
Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he's more than willing to help Ashley fulfill her vow.
New York, New York - Episode 2 in the Love, Tink Novella series.

Tink makes it to Peter’s New York and is more than a little daunted by what she discovers. Under the guise of Belle Fehr, Tink registers at the school Peter attends. Her dreamy reunion is crushed when she finds that not only does he not recognize her, he has a girlfriend named Wendy!

Love, Tink is Enchanted meets Peter Pan.
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Blood and Snow: The Complete Set
Summary: Blood and Snow is the breathtaking modern day Snow White retelling with a vampire twist. 
Destined (Desolation #3) (YA Paranormal Romance)

Choosing is a bad idea, because Desi always makes the wrong choice, and sometimes there are no do-overs. Certainly not this time, when all has been lost and Desi can’t even save herself, let alone her friends. For Desi, the hardest thing is letting someone help her, to accept their sacrifice on her\behalf. But that’s exactly what she’ll have to do in order to save the worlds from Helena’s destruction.

The goddess of Helheimer, long imprisoned by Desi’s father, Loki, is free at last, and she’s bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds will be drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans as meaningless collateral.

While Michael and the Gardians of Asgard, along with the golden-armored Valkyrie, lead the battle for freedom, it’s Desi who holds the destiny of all the worlds in her hands.

Can she set aside her doubts, once and for all, and claim the gifts that are hers to bear? Can she accept the sacrifice that is made for her and Become all that she was created to be?

Her final choice will define not only her future, but the fate of humankind, forever more.

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Jump Boys: SOS (MG Sci Fi)

A dare gone terribly wrong.

An SOS from another universe.

A threat from right next door.

Thirteen-year-old twin brothers Jayce and Val are about to jump the multi-verses on a dangerous dare, but true danger is closer to home than they realize.

The Jupiter Prime colony has been orbiting the stormy gas giant for nineteen years and all anyone wants is to get back to Earth. Sent to preserve the best and brightest of the population, a grievous error in the Prime’s navigation coordinates sent the colony to an alternate dimension with no way to return to the Earth they call home.

In a society where technical expertise is valued above all else, Jayce and Val are among the most privileged—until they uncover their uncle’s plot to claim dominion over space and time. While attempting to rescue a lone girl from a post-apocalyptic earth, Val will come face to face with space pirates and Jayce will lay his life on the line for the sake of his brother and the little girl who holds the key to time itself.

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From Stacey Wallace Benefiel, the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, comes a New Adult trilogy set in the Society world.

Penny Black hasn’t had it easy. Just about everything you’d expect to happen to a harassed foster-kid turned junkie has happened to Penny. Add in the mysterious power to rewind time, conducting events around her, and it’s a wonder she held up on the streets for so many years. Now, at seventeen, the New Society has found her. Finally, Penny is where she belongs. But that doesn’t stop the visions, or the need to protect the victims shown to her.

*The Penny Black trilogy is a companion to the ZWT and not a continuation of the series.
*Due to language and sexuality, FOUND is recommended for older teens.

BONUS MATERIAL: Excerpt of DEAD HEAT by Lisa Nowak.

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Coming soon to iTunes and in paperback!

Free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Guest Post!

Hey y'all!

I'm over at the Indelibles Blog today talking Editing. I even give away one of my super secret no-fail editing strategies. Okay, it's not really super-secret, but it *is* super time-consuming. It works for me, though. 

And I realize it's all subjective, and not everyone connects with every writer's voice and style, but it's reviews like this (From The Guardian) that tell me I must be doing something right for someone

"Katie Klein's writing style is simply fantastic. There are segments in The Guardian that I've highlighted and noted just because of how beautifully written it is. Love love love her prose."

So now you know: I work hard on that prose and trying to get the characters' voices just right. These are always my favorite kinds of reviews. And, while I know I'm not perfect, and there's always room to improve, this is what makes that 2-4 months spent on "non-linear editing" worth it. 

Anyway, the post is here if you're interested.