Dagger’s Destiny On Sale Now!

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Yahoo!!

It’s official. Dagger’s Destiny is On Sale Now!

It seems so surreal. After years of working on my manuscript and learning all about self-publishing, I have finally put all the pieces together and my novel is finally up for sale on Amazon.

Last fall when I won the “Best of the Best” in the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, I decided that self-publishing was the way to go. Unfortunately, I never imagined what a huge undertaking such a path would lead me on.

I’m pleased to announce that I have made it through the past few months somewhat unscathed. I’m a little beat up and worn out but I’m proud of myself for making a commitment and seeing it materialize into something wonderful.

I want to thank all my family, friends and co-workers who have supported my throughout my journey and who have been there to cheer me on and root for me. You’re the best!

Many Thanks,

 

Karen

 

 

 

Dagger’s Destiny Back Cover Blurb

Dagger handle against red background

Wow! Self-publishing is sure time consuming when you have a full-time job. I’ve been working non-stop on trying to get my book ready. The past few weeks I focused on my book cover. Because I’m going the e-book and the print-on-demand route, I had to come up with 2 different covers. The cover for the paperback book needed a front cover, a spine and a back cover with a blurb. I wanted the dagger handle you see here on the cover but I couldn’t get it to come out interesting so I chose the picture of a lady, instead.

 

On the back cover I had to write a blurb for the book. Condensing a 100,000 word book into a few paragraphs was challenging. I hope it sparks your interest!

Here it is:

“May my dagger bring you great strength and courage, in time of need”

For years those few words, uttered by her mother before her death, meant little to Lady Katherine de Grey. She lived a sheltered life in England, under her father’s protection, far away from outside threats. Never before had she imagined a moment when she would actually need her mother’s dagger to defend her life. But now, on the run, after her family is murdered and, Rosemont, her beloved castle, is taken by force, she remembers her mother’s long ago words and draws from her blade the power to face an uncertain future.

Tired from years of fighting, Sir Richard Weston sets himself on a new course. He has decided to wed the one woman in England that looks almost exactly like his best friend’s wife. He never counted on rescuing, Lady Katherine de Grey, his childhood friend, or on King Edward ordering him to marry the young lady to keep her out of harm’s way. In a fit of defiance, he vows not to consummate his new marriage. Instead, he sets a course to avenge Katherine’s family, reclaim her home and return to London to petition the king to dissolve their rushed marriage so he will be free to wed the only woman in England who can make him happy.

While the newly married couple join forces on a dangerous quest for revenge, they uncover a conspiracy against the king that puts their lives in peril. Along the way, Katherine accepts Richard as her champion and recognizes that she has a chance for a new life with a man she can easily call her own. With each caress of her dagger she empowers herself to fight for her destiny. All she has to do is convince her new husband that the woman he truly desires is already his wife.

Dagger’s Destiny is published and is available through Amazon!  Buy it now and enjoy the journey!

Karen

 

Happy New Year, 2016!!

This is going to be the “Best Year Ever!!”Cozy winter home background, cup of hot cocoa with

I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet but I’ve been working very hard on editing Dagger’s Destiny and getting my book ready for self-publication. I was hoping to get it out to my family, friends and all those who are interested in a sweet Medieval romance, in late November, but like so many other well-laid plans, this one is taking more time than anticipated. Life and work keeps getting in the way. Darn!!

I’m very excited about the prospect of actually getting the book downloaded on Amazon so I can share with you what I created, but unfortunately I still have a little ways to go. There’s a huge learning curve with self-publishing but I’m so determined that I know I will eventually get it done and it will be well worth the time and energy I’ve spent on it. I’m hoping that by the end of January I’ll have something in your hands.

My only problem is that I have so many more stories calling out to me that I’m having trouble keeping them at bay. Right now, these other stories are so mad at me for pushing them aside and spending all my time on Dagger’s Destiny. I expect that once this book is actually out there, the flood gates are going to open and the words from my other stories are going pour out so fast that I will have to type lively just to keep from drowning in them.

Wishing you the Best,

Karen

 

“Best of the Best!”

Fireworks over city

Great news! As you know, I have a manuscript, Dagger’s Destiny, that I’m planning on self-publishing in the near future. Over the summer I entered the first 50 pages of my manuscript in the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest for unpublished authors. In October, I found out that Dagger’s Destiny won 1st place in the Historical Romance category. As a first place winner, my entry was then judged again by an editor from Berkley. This time I was up against the first place winners from all the other categories such as: Contemporary Romance, Erotica Romance, Inspirational Romance, Young adult Romance, Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense.  Guess what? I’ve just been informed that Dagger’s Destiny was chosen as “The Best of the Best!” winner! Yahoo! I’m on cloud nine. I think it’s time to get this book published so I can share my sweet romance with those of you who might enjoy it! Wish me Luck!

Karen

Amusing my Children

Fresh roses with old bookSometimes I think I was placed on this earth just to amuse my children!

Being a mother to two young adult men can be somewhat challenging. It seems that when my children turned twenty-one, they suddenly knew everything!

No matter what I do they tend to find something hilarious about the activity or situation and, of course, would have done things differently.

This weekend, during one of their frequent visits, they brought to the attention of the family, a recent post I shared with social media. Being a writer, and all, I tend to be a bit wordy with some of my posts. My youngest son, who seems to have been creeping on my Facebook page, proceeded to read my post to the entire family using all the inflection in tone one would use if reading a play by William Shakespeare.

Once the laughter died down,  they told me all I had to say was, “I saw a bear in my backyard!”.

So, I put it out there to my friends on Facebook. Did they want me to tell them “I saw a bear in my backyard”? Or, did they want to visualize the bear?

Hands down. My friends wanted to visualize the bear and encouraged me to continue writing my posts as I see fit.

Maybe, just maybe, my sons don’t know everything!

Have a good day!

Karen

 

Dagger’s Destiny First Place Winner!

Fireworks over the waterYahoo!  I just received great news. A few months ago, I entered The Indiana Golden Opportunity writing contest put on by Indiana RWA chapter. I sent in the first 50 pages of my manuscript, ‘Dagger’s Destiny’. The entry was picked as a finalist and sent to a publisher from Penguin (paperback) and a publisher from Entangled (e-books). Today I got a call from Indiana RWA to inform me that I won 1st Place in their Historical Romance category and now my entry will be sent off to another judge so they can pick the best all round. Very exciting news! Hearing such great positive feedback has reinforced my desire to hurry up and get Dagger’s Destiny published!

First Place Winner Banner IGO Contest

Unconditional Love

Two dogs, head to head, forming a heart shapeLove can be found in the most unexpected places.

I would like to share with you, a beautiful photo of my grandpuppies. They are German Shorthaired Pointers. This picture was taken about a week after the little black and white puppy came into our lives. The two dogs bonded immediately and have been inseparable ever since.

 

If you look closely, you can see that their touching heads and feet make the perfect shape of a heart. The symbol of everlasting love!

How perfect♥

Karen

 

Weekend Away

Lighthouse on rocks, sunset

Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine

A few months ago, I decided it was time to self-publish my Medieval Romance, Dagger’s Destiny. In order to do that, I’ve spent most of my free-time learning about self-publishing and getting my social media up and running.

During this period, I’ve neglected my husband terribly. It’s so easy to get caught up pursuing a goal that you forget how it affects the people around you. Once I realized what I was doing, I quickly made reservations for a long weekend in Ogunquit, Maine. It’s one of our favorite places to go.

If you’ve never travelled the coast of Maine, you’re missing out on some breathtaking scenery.

We were lucky enough to have had beautiful weather for our mini-excursion. We wandered around Perkin’s Cove, a quaint shopping and fishing village nestled on a peninsula jutting out into the endless blue water. We walked the Marginal Way, which is a mile long walk hugging the coastline and inhaled the fresh salt air. We sang show-tunes at a colorful piano bar. We drove up to Portland, Maine and took a ferry boat ride out onto Casco Bay, where we stopped at various islands to drop off and pick up travelers. We had the pleasure of catching a glimpse of a set of porpoises skimming the water alongside our boat, on their way to who knows where.

Needless to say, I didn’t get much work done, but the time spent with my husband, enjoying each other’s company, was well-worth the delay in pursuing my goals.

Sometimes, we just have to live our lives, and not let the moment pass us by. I know my husband is happy we did!

May you all take the time to experience those little moments that fulfill your life.

Be well,

Karen

“Aspiring Historical Romance Writer”

hand writing a letter with a goose feather

“Aspiring Historical Romance Writer” Yikes, is that really me? Where in the world did that come from?  If you asked me years ago what I saw in my future I would never have said, “I see myself as a writer.”. Writing is hard. It takes a lot of thought. It’s time consuming. And, I love it!

My journey began quite differently than many other writers. I didn’t grow up writing. I didn’t spend day after day locked in a room pressing pen to paper.

For as long as I can remember, when my head hit the pillow, I dreamed.

I dreamed about people I didn’t know and the lives they might have led. Scenes evolved and aligned themselves in perfect order. Beginnings and endings became clear. Stories emerged.  Soon I had a handful of stories taking up space in an already crowded head. There was nothing else to do but write them down, if just to make room for more adventures, pushing their way in, vying for a spot.

I’ve found that it’s much easier to dream than to write. In order to share my stories with those who might enjoy them, I studied the craft of writing and joined my words together until I finished my first manuscript. I cannot begin to convey my elation when ‘Dagger’s Destiny’ was finally complete. Nor, can I explain the happiness I feel when I share my manuscript with readers who tell me what a wonderful journey I took them on.

As I continue on my quest to share my stories with readers who may find pleasure in them, I have decided to embark on the course of self-publishing, in the hope that I may touch, in some small way, the lives of those around me.

Thank you for your interest,

Karen