Thursday, August 30, 2018

FINALLY TYPED 'THE END' ON NORDIC MOON!

Finished!!! Now for the edits. Pardon the fact that I look like hell, but I finally finished NORDIC MOON! Now for the edits, but Hallelujah! (Yes, I cracked open the bottle of champagne I bought when I started the epilogue, just for this occasion!)
Nearly 4.5 years since I began writing this, with two years of constant interruptions, stops and starts while I dealt with family and health issues, a 3rd year doing massive rewrites and restructuring on what I had attempted during those first two years, and then a 4th year writing the remainder of this EPIC 200,000+ word story. Can’t wait to get the edits done

Thanks everyone for your patience and support. {{Hugs}}

K :)
August 30, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

UPDATE ON NORDIC MOON MANUSCRIPT


Well, I hope you guys like EPIC, long books, because this one is now almost 40k words past my original estimated length of 145k words. Lots of drama and several subplots going on that all tie into the main external plot.The last 25% of the manuscript has not even had one edit/major revision done to it, so that still has to happen as well. I am going to finish this manuscript by hook or by crook, however. :D

Thanks for sticking with me these past (almost) four years while I wrote and wrangled this story into shape!


I'm in the last chapter or two (maybe three, but I hope not :/) of the book. The climax scenes have been written and I am now tying up the loose threads with the subplot love stories---yes subplot love stories. More than one. Which is why this manuscript is HUGE! Prior to edits, it is now at approx. 182,000 words. This is a big family saga, with lots of drama (and humor, and romance!), so please just bear with me. No one---I mean NO ONE---wants this manuscript finished more than I do, lol!

In the meantime, enjoy the cover and the teaser blurb!

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Hi Everyone!

I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, folks. This manuscript (Nordic Moon, aka "Grímr and Vika's story") has nearly kicked my ass, but I am finally coming close to the happily ever after! I haven't quite made it to the climax/dark moment/resolution, but I am speeding up to it with every new word I write.

As I had posted months ago, I had to cut a HUGE portion from the front of the manuscript and then it took me about eight months and revisions in the high double digits to restructure the story, figuring out where to use the stuff from the excised portion that I still needed and how to change the remainder that I kept to reflect this new beginning. Oh, well! As they say, that which does not kill us, makes us stronger!

I will keep you posted, and please send loving and positive vibes to me and this book, because we really need it!

K. :)
​October 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Emily Contest for Unpublished Romance is NOW OPEN!

http://whrwa.com/theemily/

My local chapter of Romance Writers of America is having their annual writing contest for unpublished works. This is an incredibly popular contest because, historically, there has been a high number of requests for full manuscripts by the agents and editors that do the final round judging on this contest. "The mission of the Emily Contest is to professionally support writers and guide them along their path to publication."

If you have never entered your work in a contest before, I highly recommend doing so. It is a wonderful way to get some feedback from other writers, who have been trained in doing thorough and kind (i.e. truthful, helpful, but not mean and nasty) critiques of your work in progress. I entered this one and quite a few others when I was very green and just learning how to tell a story. I got SO much good advice on the first few chapters of Highland Vengeance back in 2007 and, I think, 2008, when I was still doing revisions on the story.

Click HERE for the Contest Rules.

Here are the categories and final round judges:

Contemporary – Long includes romance novels of 70,000 words or more, with a more complex plot (including sub-plot) set in contemporary times, in which the romance is the main plot line.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Danielle Marshall, Amazon / Lake Union Publishing

♥ Agent: Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency, Inc.



Contemporary – Short includes romance novels of between 40,000 and 70,000 words that fall within more specific category lines, set in contemporary times, in which the romance is the main plotline. These novels normally have only two points of view, that of the hero and heroine, and a more focused plot line.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Brenda Chin, Entangled Publishing LLC

♥ Agent: Carrie Pestritto , Prospect Agency



Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal includes romance novels in which paranormal elements constitute an integral part of the plot.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Angela James, Harlequin Enterprises

♥ Agent: Moe Ferrara, BookEnds Literary Agency



Historical Romance includes romance novels set prior to 1950.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Janet Clementz, Soul Mate Publishing

♥ Agent: Patricia Nelson , Marsal Lyon Literary Agency



Romantic Suspense includes romance novels in which the romance is the main focus but is integrated with suspense, mystery, or thriller elements.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

♥ Agent: Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency



Young Adult includes romance and non-romance novels geared toward readers 12 – 17, and feature protagonists of the same age group.
Finalist Judges:

♥ Editor: Alice Jerman, Harper Collins

♥ Agent: Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary



Best of the Best is a competition between the first place winners of each category. The winner will receive $100.
Best of the Best Judge:

♥ 2016 RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year: Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Smashwords Summer/Winter eBook Sale!


I am so thrilled to let you guys know about this completely awesome sale on eBooks that is going on at Smashwords from July 1-July 31, 2016---and...you got it! I've included some of my most popular eBooks in this sale! Click HERE to go to my list of books on Smashwords.

This sale works with the use of discount coupon codes, which are listed on the right sidebar on each book's Smashwords sales page, and are required at checkout. However, I thought I'd go ahead and post the discount coupon codes for my books below, to make it easier for any of you who would like to check one or two (or more) out. ;)

I have my Highlands Trilogy Collection in this sale, along with the fourth, and latest book in my Medieval Highlanders series, Song of the Highlands, as well as all my contemporary works available for steep discounts using the coupon codes provided on the book's Smashwords page.

Here is a list of my book titles that have discount coupons available:

-The Highlands Trilogy Collection (75% off coupon code SSW75)
-Song of the Highlands (50% off coupon code SSW50)
-A Stranger's Kiss (Free/100% off coupon code SFREE)
-Love is the Drug ($1 with coupon code SSW75)
-Diamonds and Toads: A Modern Fairy Tale ($1 with coupon SSW75)

Again, click HERE to go to my book page on Smashwords.

This is a fantastic eBook sale, folks. There are coupons to get free, 75% off, 50% off, 25% off book prices in most popular fiction, and non-fiction genres. Check it out!


Thursday, May 26, 2016

What Do Völva, Yggdrasil, Buddha, Oseberg Ship, and Constantinople Have in Common?


At 6:11 a.m. this morning I opened up my revision notes for my latest manuscript (working title: Vika and Grímr's story), and the first note for the day (after having left off on this revision yesterday), was a note about doing a bit more research on the Norse völva or spaekona.

So... off I went on another journey around the internet. My first stop sent me here, where I became curious about learning more about the Yggdrasil, which, according to Wikipedia, is "an immense mythical tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology," so I then went here.

The norns Urðr, Verðandi, and Skuld beneath the world tree Yggdrasil (1882) by Ludwig Burger.

Then on and on from there---in other words, I've gone down quite a rabbit hole! Three hours later, and forty-one websites later, I have learned a bit more about the life of the female shamans in Norse society, but I've also learned a tad more about a host of other intriguing pieces of Norse history.

For example:

Did you know that a Viking ship was excavated back in 1904 at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Norway which held the skeletal remains of two women have been thought to be either Queen Åsa of the Yngling clan, mother of Halfdan the Black and grandmother of Harald Fairhair and her lady's maid, or a very important and renowned völva and her daughter?

Oseberg ship during 1904 excavation.
The Oseberg ship on display at the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway.
Drawing: Items excavated at Oseberg.
Or that the reason that one woman is considered to be higher ranking than the other is that she was wearing a red woolen gown of a lozenge-twill pattern weave, which was considered a luxury item for the time (c. 834 AD)?
broken lozenge twill
Lozenge-twill pattern


The women's remains were ignored initially, as the archeologists and museums were much more interested in the remaining "horde" discovered within the ship---and the ship itself, of course.

Although there were many items excavated that fascinated me, the one that really captured my imagination was the "Buddha Bucket." The bucket has an ornament of a buddha-like figure seated in a traditional lotus-style position on both sides of the handle, with a cloisonné enameled front in a very traditionally Indian svastika design.


"Buddha bucket" (Buddha-bøtte)

There is a very similar, contemporaneous Buddha-like figure that was excavated in Norway as well called Myklebostad. I've seen it mentioned as the "Myklebostad hanging bowl," but have not been able to find further specifics on this item, as every site I've found links back to a museum site in Norway that will not open for me at present.
http://arno.daastol.com/images/Myklebostad_beslag.jpg
Myklebostad

There is some speculation regarding both figures that they were actually products of the British Isles, but I am more swayed to believing their origin to be India at present.


This connection to the east and middle east sent me on another journey on the 'net. And via those clicks I found out the following:

That the Norse Vikings were frequent visitors to Constantinople
That Istanbul was called Constantinople into the 20th Century (and evidently still is by many Europeans), and that Constantinople was called Istanbul at least by the 11th Century by the Turks.

Well, I hope this post sends you on your own journey down an even more fascinating rabbit hole!

Image Sources:
  1. Norns under yggdrasil: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yggdrasil
  2. Oseberg Ship Excavation: http://irisharchaeology.ie/2012/09/the-oseberg-viking-ship-burial/ (originally from http://www.khm.uio.no/utstillinger/oseberg/indexE.html) 
  3. Oseberg Ship on Display: http://irisharchaeology.ie/2012/09/the-oseberg-viking-ship-burial
  4. Drawing of items found at Oseberg: http://www.coast-alive.eu/node/12352 
  5. Lozenge-twill pattern:
    Image: http://vi.sualize.us/broken_lozenge_twill_art_weaving_technology_textile_picture_AECY.html
  6.  Buddha bucket: http://www.vikingrune.com/2009/08/oseberg-buddha/
  7. Myklebostad: http://arno.daastol.com/history/norsetrade.html





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