Monday, February 24, 2014

The Dragon has arrived!!

 
 
My new book!  Just got it today!!!
 
I just got my free hardcover copy I won during NaNo from my publisher Lulu.com... not thrilled with it but probably my fault and not publisher's.  I have a few things to fix - make title and back cover print smaller to fit better - easy fix!!  plus figure out how to actually get a dust jacket on it not just a printed cover and figure out why there is a huge amount of space at the top of the pages???   
 
but I am DONE otherwise. 
 
OK, so yes, there will be a read through with editing!!!!
 
 
Anyway here it is -  announcing  ...  
(sorry the pictures are a bit blurry)
 
 
The Dragon Of Bedallah  ~  The Tallah Trilogy   Book Two
 
 




so yes - here she is ... exciting day for us (me and my book that is) flaws and all we are this far along ~ almost done but not quite... soon, very soon

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A long time

WOW!  almost 6 months since I have last been on here... (sorry)  I know I have readers even though I do not have followers ... no problem, it's all good.  

I write less due to the cyber stalker craziness... it seems better but who knows. It is all just creepy!! Knowing that it is happening is bad enough but to know it is for malicious, vindictive reasons makes it worse...

Ok enough of that...  A lot has happened ... the holidays, school(s), life, weather, short power outages...not good for writing. Basically the normal things in life. Kids, family ... need I really say more there! Like that alone isn't enough!!

So ~   The Dragon of Bedallah: The Tallah Trilogy  ~ Book Two is almost done!  Very excited!! Working on the final editing, cover is done... liked my original attempt better but the end product is close and I like it ok. Got a deadline coning up in a  few days so busy -  busy. Won a free hardcover copy (basically souvenir copy) of the book so that is nice! Won some software and got a slamming deal on more!!  around 80% off!!!    - haven't overly tried the new stuff out yet as I was already almost done with the book using my old stuff... not crazy enough to switch over in the middle ~~  then I have to write and figure out the new system... no thank you one thing at a time is enough for me.

Here is a quick glance at the cover... created by me...

         

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kickstart Project


Hello Readers!  Good morning/day/evening… 

 I am very excited and hopeful today. I just open a Kickstarter Project.  For those of you who do not know what Kickstarter is let me tell you.  It is a place where everyone and anyone can go and support projects of all kinds through donations. You pledge an amount that best fits you. There are rewards for different levels of funding.  It is a great way to help support the arts.  The website has a complete explanation, much better than mine.

Take a look.  Even if you do not support me, look at other projects and maybe support one of them if one catches your eye.

My direct link is http://kck.st/1bkMeg5.  It will take you straight to my page. 

If you want to look around at other projects hit the “Fiction” tag/button at the top right of the page. It will take you to a new page. Then hit the “Discover” button and it will open up your options to see other wonderful projects and discover what Kickstarter is all about.

I am aiming at a funding goal here of $2000.  . 

If I do not at least reach my goal of $2,000 (you may go over the initial goal!) I get nothing and no one is charged anything…

Thanks in advance for those of you who donate and even to all who read this. 

May you walk in the light and find help along your journey when you are in need.

Kay

Friday, August 9, 2013

LULU.COM "INTERVIEW"


An interview of sorts…. Fun and free publicity is the best!!

IT DID NOT COPY/PASTE WELL HERE FOR SOME REASON… THEIR PAGE LOOKS way better!!!

From Lulu.com  to see their full page go to

http://www.lulu.com/blog/2013/08/authors-using-helix-review-featuring-kay-gossage/

 



As a part of our ongoing series self-published writer who have used Helix Review, we recently interviewed Lulu author Kay Gossage, who wrote the fantasy fiction: The Sword Of Ages: The Tallah Trilogy. Helix, powered by The Book Genome project, basically allows authors to upload a manuscript and receive an incredibly in depth analysis of the book. 

Tell us a bit about The Sword of Ages:
This is a telling of one heroic cycle. When myths and legends are reborn. A time heroes and born as they battle against living myths from the grave. The evil Warlock Lord has reemerged out from the darkness of the past. His reign of fear and shadow long forgotten in his absence over the long years.    The Princess Katar of Tallah is loved by all. She is kind hearted and very beautiful. She is captured by the Warlock Lord to be his bride, thus setting in motion her path to destiny, and the young handsome knight Ridge’s as well.     In the castle of the Warlock Lord, Katar acquires knowledge that will drive her to set off on her journey to her final destiny. It is one she never imagined or wanted.     Ridge is called by fate as well and he sets out to rescue Katar. Along the way Delwin the Knight Master meets young Ridge and takes him to claim the mythical Sword of Ages. It is only yielding this legendary sword can one beat the Warlock Lord. Wilax joins the men and they set forth to rescue the princess.    Along the way friendship is found, respect earned, battles won and lost and truths revealed.    In the end, Ridge and the Warlock Lord battle and …

How would you describe your writing style:

I start with an idea and write a short form of the story, as complete or incomplete as I can in this first idea creating process. From there then I fill in the blanks and see where it goes. The Tallah Trilogy was a dream I had while pregnant with my first two children. Each book continuing from the previous. I generally write for the younger reader (middle school aged) but the books can be enjoyed by all ages.  I try to be descriptive and use dialogue to get points across versus narration.  I cannot say I have any one particular style of writing as I allow the story to form and take me along where it goes.

Why did you decide to try Helix:

I was interested in how my book ‘The Sword Of Ages’ flowed and compared to others in the Fantasy genera. I also wanted to see areas where my book excelled as well where I could improve my writing and promotion attempts.

What were you able to learn from the Helix Review:

The Helix Review of my book ‘The Sword Of Ages’ showed me words, concepts and ideas unique to my book as well as my books strengths and weaknesses. The Helix Review provided me with several books comparable to mine and allowed me to see not only how it compares to these other books but in several specific areas.

How do you plan to use the Helix information:

To hopefully become a better writer by strengthening the areas that scored lower in my future writing, creating a better and more enjoyable experience for both my readers and myself.

What would you tell someone considering trying Helix:

I was not certain at first about the Helix Review but after ordering was happy with the overall results. For the price it was a great way to get feedback that can help me understand my book and how it fits into the genera and along side other books.  I can also take the feedback and apply it to my future writing to create better and more full enjoyable creations.

For more information about Kay Gossage and The Sword of Ages:


About the Helix Review

Back in May we launched an experimental new offering called Helix, and dubbed it The Personality Test for Your Book. Helix is powered by The Book Genome Project, a massive database of over 100,000 of the world’s best-known books. And basically, it gives you a way to upload your manuscript and get back an incredibly rich and unbiased perspective on your book.

Lulu authors are currently using Helix to gain a better understanding of their book for marketing purposes, and in some cases to gain insight into their writing style. For the first time, we’ve caught up with some of the earliest Helix Review customers to hear more about their book and writing style and what they hoped to learn from Helix.
If you are an author that has used Helix and would like to be featured in the future, please tell us about your experience here

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The ask vs. tell ... what??


My son is 8 and often he will say to me, “Mom can I tell you something?”

Me:  “Of course. What?”

Son: “Can I …?”

Me: “That is a questions not a tell, Honey.” Then answer his questions. Or vise versa…

No wonder he gets confused now and then with tell/statement and ask/questions when adults still do.  Sad is the English language these days. Who and whom still be fudge the majority of the population, prepositions and their usage in language are unknown to many as well as just plain old every day run of the mill regular grammar.  Yes I do excuse, only because I am one too, the phone texts or email replies with no capitals and strange word usage, we have all been there… typing with your thumb can be a challenge for us all.

No I am talking the bigger stuff. I really hate and am shocked to see the amount of AP and Reuter news reports on my phone with misspelled words, grammar that would make a pre schoolar blush and word usage that cancel each other out… double negatives, we is, I are going  and on and on… I cannot believe many of the reporters are still employed as it makes not only themselves look stupid but the company employing them and allowing their name to be posted on the article.  Or non phone replies confusing the ask/tell quandary, I is and all that. Typos are one thing but seriously if it is not going to a friend or loved one, proof read and spell check. And for Heaven’s sake know a tell apart from an ask. It is all in how it is written.

Heaven help our children and our country’s future!  Hopefully somewhere along the way there is a reform that will help our youth figure it out better since so many adults seem to have no clue.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

400k websites... blogs, newsletters...!


Ok, so you are probably wondering… what??

My publisher contacted me the other day and wants to promote me and my book on over 400k websites.  Cool!!  And WOW!!!

I had ordered a review from them a few months back, guess it was a new thing and they are now wanting to promote me promoting it… of course – there is their driving force behind it all. But hey, promotion is promotion. And free is even better!!

They tell me at the end of the month (nope – not holding my breath) on when it will all happen.  I filled out their questionnaire today and sent it off back to them.  So now I wait.

Hmm, will be interesting to see where it shows up and if I get a list of who gets it.  Oh, and no, not really expecting anything to come of it, but it would be awesome if it did. Even just a few copies to sell would be nice.

It was a great little tool – showing unique words, concepts and ideas of the book and how my book compared to several others in the same genera. There are a few concepts I am not sure how to include in my writing but overall it was a good review. Ways to improve and areas that are already doing good – but there is always room for improvement.
                                          

Monday, July 8, 2013

seriously ... more drama ~ UGH

rant ...

Why create drama when there is no need of it?  Why make others deal with your own self hatred and misery?  Seriously if you are that turned in on yourself fine, there is nothing the rest of us can do about it after awhile and it is just tiresome and makes you look stupid and petty. Deal with reality. Get a grip and move on.  It is a better, happier and friendlier place you will enjoy more than your self inflected life of misery...  or at least leave me out of it and do not bring me into drama I really do not need to be part of, or anyone else for that matter...