October Book Sale

There are so many reasons I love October. It’s the month James asked me to marry him. It’s also the month that introduced my best friend to the world. Happy birthday month, Devon!

To share my gratitude for this beautiful month, I’m offering my Wings of the Dawn trilogy on sale for $.99 each (Kindle versions). These contemporary suspense novels are for young adults and the young at heart, or anyone ready for an adventure.

Happy October! Enjoy my Wings of the Dawn young adult fiction trilogy for $.99 each on Kindle for a limited time.

Wishing you the happiest of Octobers!

~ Kristen

Holiday Book Specials

Happy December! With Christmas a few short weeks away, I want to share some holiday book specials with you. This month, all of my Kindle books are on sale, but you’ll want to mark your calendars for the dates.

Wings of the Dawn Trilogy

My first three young adult suspense books are $.99 on these dates:

The Revisionary

My latest release, the first book in The Rogues trilogy, is available for $.99 (Kindle version) on the first day of winter, Dec. 21.

For those who have already read The Revisionary, the sequel is coming soon! Look for more details in the new year on The Revolutionary, releasing spring of 2018.

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas season!

~ Kristen

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The Revisionary Cover: An Unlikely Story

We all like unwrapping presents on our birthdays. For my birthday this year, I wanted to “unwrap” something my readers could enjoy with me.

So, I asked my editor Marji if I could share my new book cover with my readers today, and she said yes!

I can’t wait to share the story “inside” the cover with you on June 6 (release day), but today, there’s another story to tell. It’s the one that made this cover possible and one that began in an unlikely place.

The Story behind the Cover

The year was 2007.

I had recently graduated from college and started a job at a marketing company. A few cubicles over from my station sat Kelli, a graphic designer who soon became my friend.

On her screen, she made “magic,” my word for it looks amazing but I have no idea how you did that. (Trust me. Making a safety product catalog look exciting takes skill.) Anyone could see Kelli put her heart into her work. I thought to myself: If she can make a safety catalog appear that incredible, what can she do with a creative project like a book cover?

At the time, I was working on my second book and wanted to use Amazon’s CreateSpace  to publish. This platform offered me the flexibility to upload my own book cover or have someone on Amazon’s team design it.

But I didn’t want a stranger designing my cover. I wanted a friend, and I was confident Kelli could capture my vision. On the side, she did some freelance work, so I shared my idea with her.

Then, she worked her “magic,” not once, but twice—designing the covers for both my second and third books in the Wings of the Dawn trilogy.

A New Leaf

Since then, Kelli and I have both moved on in our careers and lives. She’s married with a darling little boy and has also started her own design business called Make It Snappy.

When I signed with Write Integrity Press for my new trilogy, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to work with Kelli again. Publishing houses typically prefer their own design teams.

But I decided to ask anyway, and to my delight, my editor approved for me to work with Kelli. We would then review her designs together and go from there.

That brainstorming meeting at Panera was electric. Kelli and I were bursting with creative energy and ideas. We received our share of stares from other guests, wondering what all the buzz was about.

Today, you get to find out.

Gratitude and a Parting Challenge

With deep gratitude to my friend Kelli and editor Marji, I’m thrilled to present the cover for Rogues, Book 1: The Revisionary.

Looking back, I can see how God worked in my ordinary circumstances, allowing me to build relationships that would have a direct bearing in my writing journey. Kelli’s story is just one of many I could share.

Maybe your current situation isn’t ideal. Maybe you’d rather be someplace else. I encourage you to make the most of the relationships and opportunities, limited though they may seem, that are before you. You never know how your current experiences will shape the future God has in store.

~ Kristen

 

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Grateful Giveaways & Book Specials

book-specials-2This week, the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference starts! Several years ago, I discovered this conference and am so grateful I did. If you’re a writer and would like to learn more how conferences can help you in your craft, visit my For Writers page.

Each year, I usually leave this conference sleep-deprived but with my cup “brimming over.” I’ve made amazing friends there, enjoyed teaching workshops, and soaked up ideas through the workshops of other writers, editors, and agents. (For any who are reading this post and attending FCWC, I hope you’ll join my workshop called Friend Your Audience on Social Media.)

Word Weavers reunited at the Florida Christian Writers Conference
Word Weavers reunited at the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference

The people are the best part of writers’ conferences, but one of my other favorites is the FCWC bookstore. I come home with autographed copies from some of my favorite authors (like Davis Bunn, a few years back) and new authors I’ve met whose works I can’t wait to read.

This year, my young adult fiction books will again be in the bookstore, but I also want to make the Kindle versions available free or at a discounted rate throughout the week. It’s my small way of saying thanks to you, my readers, and to all the writing professionals who have made a difference in my life. I also hope my books, including my upcoming release, and my story might inspire other writers to keep daring and dreaming to be published some day. I can’t wait to see what awesome things God has in store for this year’s conference.

So thank you again! Please feel free to share this post or the picture below with your friends, especially any teens you know.

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Click on the image to go to Amazon and download your copies.

Enjoy!

Kristen

 

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Note: Some dates changed due to a discrepancy in my publisher’s promotion instructions. As a result, additional FREE days for my first book replaced a countdown special. 

Christmas Giving & Book Giveaway

christmas-givingGiving is one of the most beautiful parts of the Christmas season. As Karen Ehman explains in her book Listen, Love Repeat, there’s more than one way to give. Yes, people primarily think of gifts, but giving of one’s time is often even more valuable.

A friend shared a story how someone had decorated her tree and house for Christmas a few years ago after she had her baby, and that gift of time meant more than any present.

Are you looking for opportunities to give? Am I? Let’s not be so wrapped up in our own schedules that we miss opportunities to bless others.

To paraphrase Mother Teresa, how much love do we put into our Christmas giving? Let’s load others up with love this year.

Free Book Download – Today Only!

Today and just today, my book Captive Beneath the Bahamian Sky is available FREE in kindle version (regardless of whether you have Kindle Unlimited or not). This is the first book in my series Wings of the Dawn, a young adult Christian suspense trilogy.

Click here to download your free copy. Merry Christmas on me!

Next Week

I’m super excited to share a beautiful, biblical Christmas craft idea with you all next week. If you enjoy making items to share at Christmas, you won’t want to miss next week’s post.

Have a blessed week!

~ Kristen

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