Thursday, September 11, 2014

Top 10

I was nominated by a dear friend of mine to list my top 10 most influential/favorite books on FaceBook. I thought it might be a fun blog post, so I’m listing them all here too! :)

1.) Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel. I first read this book as a freshman in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s also the first book in a terrific series.

2.) The entire Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I’m not sure there’s any explantation needed here! 

3.) Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. I am so in love with this book—awesome writing, great voice, unique plot, and a slew of  great characters to fall in love with. 

4.) Mars by Ben Bova. One of the first science fictions books I ever fell in love with. An incredibly believable story in which we follow a crew on their perilous journey to Mars. 

5.) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey-the most recent science fiction novel I fell in love with. Unbelievable writing and voice! 

6.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Gotta love the classics! 

7.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. A terrific high fantasy novel with fighting, magic, and forbidden love.  

8.) Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. I read this series in High School and all I can say is that even though it’s clearly fiction, it still really made me think; about my life, about the choices I would make in the MC’s situation, and it even pushed me to learn more about my religion. 

9.) The Demon King series by Cinda Williams Chima. I read this while writing The Apollo Academy and I remember thinking this is how I want to write. Great dual POV fantasy novel. 

10.) King Cave by Scarlett Dawn. An action packed book that I highly recommend. But the most special thing about it…. it lead me to my new publisher. :) 

Only listing 10 seems so unfair. There are a ton of books that have impacted me in some way! 

What are yours?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Apollo Academy Book Deal Details!

Hey Y’all!

So I promised ALL the details about my recent publishing announcement. If you missed it, Escape Publishing/Harlequin Australia, has picked up the rights to The Apollo Academy! For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you’ll know what a long process and turn about this announcement is for me.  After signing with an agent and receiving an offer, I decide that self publishing The Apollo Academy was the right direction for me. Because of that decision, I’ve been able to publish the book of my heart on my own schedule and retain total control and rights. Since making that decision, The Apollo Academy has hit the Amazon Science Fiction Romance BestSeller (In fact, it stayed there for over two months. Thank you!)  and has received an Honorable Mention Award from Writer’s Digest. 

So why then did I decide to sign a book deal? I certainly didn’t anticipate this change. While writing book 2 and continuing to market The Apollo Academy, I began to realize how lonely being an Indie author could really be. I didn’t plan to change any of that….until I kept stumbling across books (Scarlett Dawn Evermore Series for example) that I fell in love with. Books that were exactly what I wanted to read because they were a little bit of everything. Romance/Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction. As an author I tend to notice who or how a book has been published.  After a few similar books, I  began to notice a pattern…..Escape Publishing. Intrigued I went to their website and was impressed with what I found. Escape felt so fitting for me and The Apollo Academy. They wanted books that couldn’t be defined to one genre. Books that broke boundaries. When I realized they accepted self published titles, I thought Why not?  What’s the worst that could happen? 

8 weeks later I received an offer. 

Now some of you may be wondering why I signed this contract and not the first one? The main reason…different contract, different experience, different wants, different editors/people. I won’t go into the details of the first offer I received, but I will say it wasn’t as favorable as the one I just signed. 
The other big difference….this time around I no longer felt I needed as much control. I’d already done everything I’d set out to do with The Apollo Academy and wanted a final home for the series. 

What does this mean for The Apollo Academy? The Apollo Academy has been temporarily pulled from Amazon, B&N, and iTunes.  In the upcoming months, it will go through another round of copy edits. Escape/Harlequin will re-release the book again into the wild sometime January 2015. We may get a new cover??? We may see new marketing campaigns???

What does this mean for Books 2, 3, 4? If all goes according to plan, books 2, 3, and 4 will be published in 6-9 month increments after the re-release of The Apollo Academy.  
I know signing this deal has delayed the release of the second book longer than I originally planned (I'm sorry!), but I know it will be worth it!

Feel free to ask specific questions in the comments below.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Cover Reveal-King Tomb

I am SOOOO in love with the Forever Evermore series by Scarlett Dawn and I'm thrilled to take apart in King Tomb's (3rd book in series) cover reveal today! 

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the bestselling first Forever Evermore trilogy.

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

Goodreads link:

Release date: October 8, 2014

Can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy! 

Not only is Scarlett a terrific writer, but she's also officially my publishing sister!!! In case you missed the news on FB or Twitter:
It's official! Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, has picked up The Apollo Academy!!! *squee!* I'll blog about ALL the details soon, but basically they'll be re-releasing TAA. Books 2, 3, and 4 will then (hopefully) be released at 6-9 month intervals. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and The Apollo Academy.  you all!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Update! (Includes a sexy pic of Sky!)

Hello my lovely readers,

I've been receiving quite a few emails and messages about the release date for AIRBORNE. First of all, thank you for asking! I know that means you're excited about the second book in The Apollo Academy series and for that y'all seriously rock! 

I know I've been quiet lately and there are a few reasons for that....

I want Airborne to be just as awesome as The Apollo Academy. That means a lot of writing, re-writing, editing, etc. Airborne is a pivotal book in the series, so I'm working hard to make sure it's just right. 

BUT--the main reason I've been MIA is because I'm really bad at keeping secrets. I have some exciting news that I'm just dying to share with you and this news will impact Airborne's release. All I can say at the moment is that good things are happening and that I hope to be able to share them with you soon.  

I know this doesn't answer your question about Airborne's release date, so I'm going to leave you with a little something to make up for it. Thanks to the wonderfully talented Cliff Nielsen, I have a never before seen picture of Sky. 

(hold onto your panties, ladies!)




Monday, May 19, 2014

The Writer's Voice is LIVE!

The Writer’s Voice” is a multi-blog, multi-agent contest hosted by Brenda Drake, Elizabeth Briggs, Monica B. W., and me. We’re basing it on NBC’s singing reality show The Voice, so the four of us will serve as coaches and select projects for our teams based on their queries and first pages.

We also had guest coaches this year, and I would like to give a special thanks to Dannie Morin, author and editor extraordinaire, for helping Team Kimberly/SuperNova this year! Here’s Dannie’s Twitter account, and her website
Also, many thanks to the participating agents:

Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media

Emily Gref of Lowenstein Associates

Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

Erin Harris of Folio Literary

Brianne Johnson of Writers House

Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc.

Holly McGhee and Elena Giovinazzo of Pippin Properties

Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency

Renee Nyen of kt literary

Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency

Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary

Monika Verma of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency

Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency

***Plus two secret ninja agents who will be requesting too!

The agents will vote for their favorites on May 22. Each vote will count as a partial or full request depending on how many votes the entry receives. If an entry receives 1 or 2 votes, those votes will count as partial requests. If an entry receives 3 or more votes, those votes will count as full requests.

Voting will stay open until 9:00 a.m. EDT on May 23, at which point we’ll determine which coach’s team received the most votes. That coach will win bragging rights for time immemorial, and everyone who received requests will be able to submit their materials to all the agents who voted for them. These votes represent serious interest in your project, so PLEASE DON’T ACCEPT AN OFFER OF REPRESENTATION BEFORE GIVING “THE WRITER’S VOICE” AGENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A COMPETING OFFER.

To read the other teams' entries, please use the following links:

Team Brenda

Team Elizabeth

Team Monica

Without further ado, I present to you, MY AMAZING TEAM:

Team Kimberly #1 REVERSE (YA)

Team Kimberly #2 LIBERTY OR DEATH (YA)

Team Kimberly #3 PERCEPTION (YA)


Team Kimberly #5 FRAMED (Adult)


Team Kimberly #7 ELEGY (YA)

Team Kimberly #8 THE PACT (Adult)

Lastly, cheerleading is allowed, but only until Wednesday! We want to leave the comments free for the agents to vote on Thursday. (Also, we will only allow, well, cheerleading and/or positive feedback. Please don’t critique the entries before the agents vote. On the flip side, please don’t try to convince the agents that they want to vote for one of your favorites or, you know, threaten to douse the agents in silly string if they don’t vote for your critique partner. This is a silly-string-free site.)