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Ask the Authors!

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a project with fellow author Wayne Lemmons. It’s an amazing and wild ride, this novel. As we near the release date (which hasn’t been set in stone yet, but it’s soon), I thought I would give you, the reader, an opportunity to be involved.

I recently asked on Facebook what readers like to find at the end of a novel. For example, interviews with the author, bonus stories, deleted scenes, etc. Many folks said they wanted to know things about the book. Like how the story came to be, where the idea came from, etc.

At the end of this novel, there will be extras, including an interview between Wayne and me. Here’s where you come in.

If you have a question that you’d like to ask us, ask us now and your question and the answer may be included in the bonus content of the new book, accompanied by your name, of course. Sound good? Let’s do this!

You can leave your question in the comments section of this post, on my Facebook page–personal or author–as a private message through Facebook, or as an email at kimberlyabettes at yahoo dot com.

 

Review Recruit

I’m looking for some folks who’d be interested in swapping a free digital copy of my newest novel Exodus in exchange for an honest review at Amazon. Reviews are more important to authors than most people realize. For example, until I hit the 25th review, Exodus won’t show up in the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” or the “Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed” sections. Also, to do any sort of promotions or giveaways, I need a minimum number of reviews. That minimum varies from place to place, but it’s there.

So whataya say? I’ll give you a copy of Exodus, you read it, hopefully like it, and then head on over to Amazon to leave a review. A brutally honest review. If it sucked, say it sucked. The review doesn’t have to be long or perfect. It just has to be. And of course be honest.

In case you forgot what Exodus was about…

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At the height of the Great Depression, thousands of families who have lost everything are left with no choice but to make the pilgrimage westward in search of a new life. Some will find what they’re looking for. Some will not and will then be forced to make the long journey back home. Then there are the others, those who never make it to either place because they made a stop along the way in a town called Exodus, an abandoned silver mining town in eastern Arizona where nothing good ever happens and most folks never leave.

 

 

 

If you’re interested, you can let me know at kimberlyabettes(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks in advance!

Exodus is Here!

Finally, after months and months of nail-biting, banging my head against the wall, and crying in the shower, EXODUS has finally made it to Amazon.

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At the height of the Great Depression, thousands of families who have lost everything are left with no choice but to make the pilgrimage westward in search of a new life. Some will find what they’re looking for. Some will not and will then be forced to make the long journey back home. Then there are the others, those who never make it to either place because they made a stop along the way in a town called Exodus, an abandoned silver mining town in eastern Arizona where nothing good ever happens and most folks never leave.

The Carlsons–John, his wife Anne, and their newborn baby James–are one of countless families heading west, and they’re one of many unfortunate families who decide to make a stop in Exodus. The sign on the highway promises food and gas, both of which the Carlsons need. But the sign doesn’t advertise all that Exodus has to offer.

It doesn’t mention the torture.

The cannibalism.

The death.

Caught now in a horrifying world of madness, Anne has to fight to save her family, though doing so will push her to the very brink of her own sanity.

*A horror novel for mature audiences only.

Buy EXODUS now.

The Criers Club Giveaway

For a limited time, my heart-wrenching novel THE CRIERS CLUB is free at Amazon.

The Criers Club FINALAdam Spencer, a happily married 37 year-old father of two young boys, has everything he wants. A successful business, a beautiful home, two cars in the garage, and a dog. What he doesn’t want is to die. But Adam doesn’t have a say in the matter. He just found out he has brain cancer.

Troubled by his newly-discovered death sentence, Adam joins a support group for the terminally ill. There, he meets six strangers who are struggling to cope with their own impending demises.

When one member of the group dies, leaving behind an unfulfilled dream, the others realize just how limited their time is. Now, as the youngest member nears the end of his short life, they become determined to make sure the boy’s dream comes true before it’s too late. Together they embark on a road trip that will teach them all what it means to live and to die.

Download THE CRIERS CLUB here, and remember to please leave an honest review at Amazon or somewhere else online after you’ve read it. Thank you in advance.

Hidden Manuscripts

I think most writers have that one novel they’ve written that they don’t want anyone to ever read, or even know about. Usually, it’s from early on in their career and for whatever reason, they don’t feel it’s up to par with the rest of their work. It isn’t good enough, it’s horrible, it needs a lot of work, whatever. I know I do. My first novel, started at 14 and finished at 16 years of age, has never been seen by eyes other than my own. It never will. Despite the constant begging of certain people, I’ve kept that sucker hidden, locked away where the pages will eventually turn brown and crumble to dust. Why? It isn’t good enough. Plus, I think on some level I like the fact that it’s mine. I remember every keystroke, every thought and idea, every late night spent hunched over the keyboard typing on a manual typewriter with keys that stuck. It was my experiment and my memory. To publish that would be to share it with the world. Which would be fine if it was good enough, but in my mind it isn’t. It would need a lot of work to be public-ready, and I don’t think I’ll ever do it. For some twisted reason, I like it the way it is.

In my mingling with other writers over the years, I’ve learned that I’m not the only one who keeps a bastard manuscript locked away. I’d venture to say we all do. And we all have our reasons for doing it.

That being said, I’m not sure how I’d feel if I was Harper Lee and they were publishing my second novel 60 years after I wrote it. Lee’s known for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s her only published novel, and until recently it was thought to be her only novel. Now another novel penned by Lee in the 1950s, Go Set a Watchman, is scheduled for publication. It will be released July 14th of this year.

Apparently, Lee is pleased with the book’s publication. But this story makes me ask myself this question: What if half a century from now someone were to publish my first novel, the one I keep hidden? How would I feel about that? I wouldn’t like it. Maybe if I polished and edited and made it print-ready, maybe then I wouldn’t mind as much. But as of now, I shudder in horror at the thought of anyone reading what my adolescent mind concocted. Who knows? Maybe in 60 years I’ll change my mind.

Read about the upcoming publication of Harper Lee’s second novel here.

 

Giveaway!

I mentioned on Facebook a week or so ago that I was going to have a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of 22918, and I promised the details would come. These are those details.

So here’s what I’m thinking. It’s super hard to get folks to leave a review for a book. Not sure why. It only takes a minute, but still it’s like asking for volunteers to get a root canal. I thought maybe this would help persuade the reluctant people to get that root canal. I mean leave a review! Yeah. A review. No root canals.

Not today.

If you leave a review for 22918 over at Amazon, send me an email to let me know. I’ll write all your names on a piece of paper, jostle them up in a bowl, and draw a name. That person will win the signed copy of 22918.The drawing will take place on December 12th. That should be enough time for the winner to receive the book in time for Christmas. If you’ve already left a review, you’re still entered. Just send me an email.

In the email, I’ll need a couple of things:

1) A link to your review

2) Your physical address (so I know where to send the book)

Don’t worry. I won’t show up on your doorstep. Although I know there are at least a couple of you who would absolutely love that. But I won’t mention any names…RODNEY!

So that’s it. That’s all you have to do. Be honest in your review. Don’t feel that you have to schmooz me with a 5 star review to be entered in the drawing. Honest reviews are what I’m after. I’ll post the winner all over the place when the name is drawn.

Thanks in advance for your reviews and good luck to all of you!

I’m So TWISTED

Call me crazy. Many have. But I’m giving away my short story collection TWISTED. Oh yeah. That’s right. It’s FREE. F-R-E-E FREE! I ask nothing in return, although it WOULD be nice if you could leave a review when you’ve finished reading it. That way other people will know how awesome I am. I mean, um, what you thought of the book.

So rush on over to Amazon and — Hey! Hey, stop running! You’re gonna trample each other! Calm down, there’s enough to go around! Geez. You’d think it was a Black Friday sale at Wal-Mart. Of course, this is much better than any sale, because my book is FREE! So come on, folks. Be TWISTED with me.

What’s New

I’m preparing to write the end of Rage. Everything in that book is perfect so far, and I’ve been thinking on the ending for a week or so now. I DO NOT want to screw it up at this point. This is the most important part of the book, after all. To screw it up now would be a horrible disaster. I made a cover for it that I loved. It’s my desktop background, you know, to give me that extra boost when I turn on the laptop. Although, it’s hard to see that inspiration when my browser is open and I’m pointlessly wasting time surfing the web.

I’m also preparing to release Annie’s Revenge as an ebook. I’ve already formatted it, and I’ve made a great cover for it. These are the things I do while procrastinating on other things.

I haven’t told anyone this, but I have a project going that is unlike anything I’ve written so far. It isn’t dark at all. In fact, it’s funny. Oh that’s right. It’s funny. I only have a few pages so far, and I wrote those months ago. I read through them the other day and realized that it’s going to be good. When I get around to it, that is. Right now, Rage is my top priority. But I will get to it and it will be hilarious.

I released The Good Neighbor as an ebook on June 11, 2011. It’s still only available at Smashwords, but soon it’ll be available at major online retailers. I’ll alert the media when that happens.

As this isn’t getting the ending to Rage written, I guess I’ll be off now to slave away, pounding at the keys relentlessly until the book is finished. I’m behind schedule as it is. Sure, it’s only a schedule I made for myself and it was thrown off by the death of my grandmother, but still. I need to get back on track.

Until next time, read something.

Rage

Yesterday was productive. Not only did I write a query letter and a synopsis, and then send it in a package to an agent, but I sat down to begin working on my next novel, Held. That’s when things took an unexpected turn.

I opened my notebook while waiting for my son at school, thinking I’d jot down some notes. What ended up happening was I wrote the beginning of another novel I’ve been thinking of doing. It’s called Rage.

It was just flowing and I’ve learned that when it flows, you don’t try to stop it. So even though I wanted to work on Held, I ended up working on Rage. Not just at school. When I returned home, I cranked out a couple thousand words easily. I’m very excited about it. I’m really loving the Brian Boozer character. My reader loves it as well.

You’re probably wondering why I’m writing this instead of writing more on the life of Brian. Well, to be honest, I’m wondering the same thing.

I’ve done some housework this morning. I’ve fed my face. I’m going to finish this, take a shower, and hit it hard. It’s nice and quiet and that’s the perfect time to go at it.

So, until my next update, read something.

The List

I’m reading The List by J.A. Konrath. I’m close to finished, and this book is every bit as awesome as all his others, though so far, it contains less gore. Still awesome. My new favorite author.

10 historical figures have been cloned. Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Joan of Arc, Jack the Ripper, Vlad the Impaler, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Thomas Edison, and Atilla the Hun. Three of these people were murderers then, and they’re murderers now. And they’re all tied in with the man who’s plotting to kill the President and vice president of the United States of America. This is a good story and is very well-written.

Every time I see a Volkswagen Beetle, I laugh now. Thanks, Joe.

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