Monday, April 13, 2015

Life's been a bit nutty!

Indeed, life has been quite nutty lately. There's been a lot of things in the works, some finishing up, and others just launching. All things I'm very excited about. However, I was hit hard with crashing bouts of fatigue, which really causes problems on my end for writing and meeting deadlines, and, quite honestly, for my sense of hope and joy. I'm pushing through though, as I always do, thanks to my amazing family and friends. I am indeed a blessed lady!  

A few things that have happened: 

The Audio Book for Ezekiel's Bones is soon to be released. Whoop whoop! The amazing Catherine Matz (I'll be doing a personal interview with her at a later date) did the voice and she's a perfect Genevieve. (I swear I heard her voice in my dreams before she did the book, I swear). She captured Genevieve's sarcasm and her tone perfectly. But she also captured Ellie's and Ariel's personalities and tones as well. How voice actors are able to do that is beyond me.

Preorders for, Benji, The No One, The Loser, The Rejected, The Revenge Artist, went very well and the launch of the e-book took off without a hitch. Whew. The print is available as of tomorrow and the hardbacks will be available by the end of the month. The Audio Book for Benji is still TBA.

Benji is a special book to my heart and I hope it will spark some much-needed conversation about the pain that many teenagers and young adults go through. It touches on bad parenting, sexual abuse and sex addictions, bullying, passive aggressive bullying, anger, suicidal thoughts, and, of course, revenge. But it also addresses loving families, overcoming, the goodness of people, and forgiveness—All things we need more of in this world.

Even though Ezekiel's Bones is a supernatural story and Benji is set in real life possibilities I happen to love both characters and their journeys equally. And I hope you do too!

Enjoy the journey!

You can purchase Benji here:

Benji, The No One, The Loser, The Rejected, The Revenge Artist

You can purchase Ezekiel's Bones here:

Ezekiel's Bones

For Barnes and Noble purchases:

Benji, The No One, The Loser, The Rejected, The Revenge Artist

For Kobo purchases:

Benji, The No One, The Loser, The Rejected, The Revenge Artist

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Pre order available for Benji, The Revenge Artist

Preorder for Benji, The Revenge Artist are currently available at Amazon.

Enjoy the journey! 

"Despite a father with a particular sexual addiction, a mother who wears more borrowed personalities than a clown at a carnival, and the aggravating testosterone-filled tormentors at school, Benji has honed a way to vent his anger.
Now that things are going according to plan, and he’s on the verge of assuring his sister stays out of harms way, the mysterious Contessa shows up to turn his world of darkness into days of light. Suddenly, Benji finds himself rethinking his scheming ways. All except one last revenge plan."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Benji pre-release promo cards...

There's been so many delays I've had to make sure to hold my heart and mind together, if even by tape, stickers, and a little love, but I am rejuvenated and ready. (Benji promo cards for pre-release)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Taking it to the farm book signing... :0) Super fun!

Book signing today at Michigan Feral Foods Farm. It was cold, but it was a great time!! I was among an awesome company of artists, craftsmen, glass makers, painters, sculptures, photographers, coffee makers, farms, earth lovers, and all around fantastic people.
Image by: Irvin Hayes of Occasional Photography

 My beloved farm. (Not really my farm but I claim them because I love the farm and the people so much) 

The sweetest! Ms. Ashley taking care of peoples thirst needs. :0)  She's so darn cute!

One of many vendors and craftsmen at the fundraiser:
 The fantastic Villa Villelyon and their goats milks soaps. salsas and duck eggs. 
Image curtesy of Occasional Photography:

 Vender Cool Critters: 
These are the best! I had a hard time holding back my credit card. 
Image by: 

 I did get one Cool Critter, though. :0)  I'm still trying to name him. Either Felix or Cornelius? 

Beautiful pottery by Anne Beyer! 

Farm peeps!!! Can't love them enough! 

Milan Coffee Works kept everyone warm with delightful cups of artisan coffee!

There is so much more to post but these were a sample of my favorite pictures from today's heart filling event :0) 

Monday, August 11, 2014

What is a Beta Reader? by Jami Gold at Anne R. Allen's place

Many others do a better job than I ever could when it comes to sharing their wealth of information about writing and being an author. So, I pass on their wisdom with pleasure. Feel free to click their links and pages and explore their treasure troves of information. 

~Kimberly J Fuller~

What is a Beta Reader? Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Getting and Giving Feedback on your WIP

This week we're proud to host author and editor Jami Gold, fresh from her role as a presenter at the RWA conference in San Antonio

If you missed the conference, Jami's posts on the highlights of the annual Romance Writers Association event are fascinating. You'll find them on her blog at JamiGold, Paranormal Author.

Jami's blog is a must-read for new authors. She's formed a great community there. Comments are long and informative. Not only does she know more tech than my poor aging brain will ever comprehend, but her "beat sheets" for outlining and structuring your fiction are a fantastic resource.

Check out her Writing Resources page. It's a goldmine.

I discovered her blog a couple of years ago when I was looking for information on how to find beta readers, so when readers asked me for a post on the subject, Jami was my go-to expert. 

So What are "Beta Readers"?

...and how do they differ from editors or critique groups? 

The term first came from fan fiction, and it means a person who reads your work-in-progress (or "WIP") when you, the writer or "alpha," are ready for feedbackbefore it goes into final draft to be sent to your fanfic page, editor, or agent. 

Lots of writers may have betas without knowing the term. Betas don't need professional-level editing skills and don't have to be members of a group. They only need to be willing to read your manuscript and give helpful feedback about what works and what doesn't.

They differ from editors since they usually comment as readers, not industry professionals. It's not necessary they have perfect grammar skills or knowledge of the genre (although they need to be aware of the conventions, so they don't try to turn your sweet romance into a gritty thriller, or vice versa.)

They differ from a critique group because they usually read a whole manuscript in a few sittings rather than hearing it over a period of months or years. This means a beta can offer better feedback on big-picture aspects: story arc, character development, pacing, etc.

Beta readers can be fellow writers who will exchange reads, or they can be friends or family who can read with a critical eye. They may become your moral support system and cheerleaders as well.
Like critiquers and editors, beta readers have to be able to leave their own egos out of their feedback and not try to change your story into their own.

When you've found someone who can do that, and still give honest, constructive, useful advice, you've struck gold...Anne

This is #3 in a series on GETTING FEEDBACK 

#1 Ruth Harris on EDITING 
#2 Anne R. Allen on  CRITIQUE GROUPS

Beta Reading: How to Find Readers and Become a Better Reader for Others

by Jami Gold

Ever struggle to make readers’ interpretations of your writing match your intentions? We probably all have.

Maybe readers come away with the wrong impression of a character. Maybe a plot twist is too obvious or from too far out of left field. Or maybe our subtext is too subtle or too “on the nose.”

As writers, we’re so close to our stories it’s impossible for us to know how readers will interpret our words. A good beta reader will go through our “the best we can make it by ourselves” draft and give feedback about what we can’t see. And that’s just one reason why we all need beta readers.
Sounds Great!

How Do We Get Beta Readers?

You can keep reading here: Anne R. Allen

Sunday, July 13, 2014