Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Smiling at 3 stars

Most authors love reader input, especially publicly posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, or any review site. Of course, the better the review, the more we like it. We are human, after all.
I appreciate anyone who takes the time and effort to rate or review my novels. I admit it usually takes a 4 or 5 star rating to put a bounce in my step, mainly because I like knowing my novel was enjoyed, but also because rating averages are displayed prominently and can influence future purchases. Today, however, I find myself smiling brightly over a 3 star review of Dark Knowledge that I received on Goodreads
I don't typically read books like this, and yes I figured it was going to have something to do with the paranormal, but I didn't think it would go the route it did. The fact that the author used a mentally challenged main character was the big draw to get me to read this book. I was intrigued on how he would present this character, and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the author's writing style and characters - he made you really care about the main character Wesley, and his progress/challenges though out the book. I gave this book this rating only because of the subject matter. Paranormal is not my cup of tea, but I liked the author's style.
Characters are kind of my "thing" as a writer. Yes I enjoy creating a high concept plot, tense situations, and eerie scenes and visual images, but my biggest joy is developing well-rounded, relate-able characters. In this case, I know I succeeded in making a reader care about Wesley and Dark Knowledge's other characters. And she liked my style. *smile*


So yay! for this 3 star review of Dark Knowledge. It's not a high rating, but it delivered a welcome message. And I guess I'm delivering a message here too: Don't forget to leave a rating, especially if you enjoyed a novel. And if you're comfortable adding a few words to explain your rating, do it. A rating with no review can leave an author wondering why someone loved, liked, or didn't care for the novel. Even a few words can help the author absorb the input in a more meaningful way.

Please don't get me wrong here. Any rating is welcome and greatly encouraged. Don't withhold rating a novel just because  you don't want to leave a comment or review, but consider adding even a short explanation. After toiling away for so MANY hours in isolation on our novels, authors crave input.

If you've read any of my novels, I hope you'll consider posting an honest Amazon review.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Upcoming talk: The writing of Daeva

Recently I posted links to my interview by SouthWest Writers. It was mostly about Daeva, and it provided some insight into the novel and what goes on inside this horror writer's brain. This Saturday I'm opening up even more, and I'm doing it in person. I'll be dusting off my public speaking skills to give a talk at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Branch Library here in Tucson. My topic is how I wrote Daeva -- the plan, the surprises, and the rewrites. It'll be about an hour this Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 PM.

I'm looking forward to it. Daeva was a fun novel to write and a great, prolonged learning experience for me as a writer. I've always loved this novel. I enjoy being in that world with those characters, and I hope my audience will enjoy their visit too. Come see me if you can.


Monday, January 04, 2016

You and your new e-reader hungry for paranormal thrills?


I'm always ready to help out readers with a nice, new, EMPTY e-reader. Kindle copies of Dark Knowledge, Above Haldis Notch, and Struck are only $1.49 each. Daeva, my new release, goes for $2.99 for the ebook. $7.46 will get you all four, so add some paranormal thrills to your reading list. Your e-reader will thank you. And so will I!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Farewell to a great year


I enjoyed the heck out of 2015. It's an overall feeling I've had all year more than any specific accomplishment or development, but there were definitely some high moments.

We got married!






In '14, I got the rights back to the 3 novels that were originally published by small presses, and I republished all of them myself as paperbacks and ebooks in 2015.
















We finally had new lighting installed in our front and back yards.








Reveille Men's Chorus has a great Spring show in May. In Sept., we launched a new season of "changing lives through music" at a weekend retreat. Then in December, we had a very successful Holiday Show and shattered attendance records with 1300 people seeing the shows over 3 nights.

2015 Reveille Men's Chorus Retreat

On Holiday Performance

I had my first experience singing in a small group as the baritone of the "Liechtenstein Quartet."


Jack and I took an amazing Central European vacation, visiting Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Salt mine in Krakow
Attending a Mozart/Strauss concert in Vienna
Architecture in Budapest

Budapest

Dinner on the Danube

Prague

Prague

Chopin monument in Warsaw





We had a fun Halloween party with lots of good friends (to make up for the relatively few trick-or-treaters that dared to knock on our door).









And, as I'm sure you've noticed if you've visited this BLOG recently, I published a new release, DAEVA.



Best of all, I enjoyed being home. That's not a big surprise to anyone who knows me personally; I'm a classic introvert and homebody. Still, I remain thankful for my life, my loving husband, our quiet and beautiful neighborhood and home, and our two wonderful rescue dogs, Tripp & Tasia. They're 11 and 15 years old now, but still happy, healthy, active, and loving.




Those are just a few highlights to a great year. I remain very active with my running, weight lifting, singing, travel, writing, reading, and enjoying day-to-day life in general.

To recap: Great year in 2015. Looking forward to another in 2016. I hope all of you are too!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Download a Demon Week

Today is the shortest day of the year and the day winter officially begins. Happy Winter Solstice! Of course many are also in the midst of celebrating the holiday season, and to you, Happy Holidays! It's a great time of year, but sometimes coping with cold weather, short days, and the demands of a holiday can weigh you down, so I've created Download a Demon Week just for you, and it begins today. You're welcome.

Download a Demon for the Holidays!

  • Wondering how to fill your days when it's too cold to venture outside? 
  • Feel like the holidays have become too routine? Been there, done that? 
  • Need entertainment for a long, boring plane ride to see family? 
  • Want a means of escape when the shopping is done, the cooking is yet to come, and the second eggnog has given you a pleasant glow? 

  • What you need is a demon named Rothsirge to perk up your winter, and your timing is perfect. It's Download a Demon Week, brought to you by www.HorrorWithHeart.com. For one week, you can buy the Kindle version of Daeva for 1/3 the normal cover price. Here's what you need to know:

    Purchase an ebook of Daeva for only 99 cents
    from Dec. 21st through Dec. 27th

    From now through December 27th, 99 cents will get you the most manipulative demon you're likely to encounter this season, maybe ever. That's right, even if your budget is already shot, you can still afford to download a demon for the holidays. Click the cover above or CLICK HERE to preview and purchase your copy of Daeva, and then cuddle up in an easy chair with Rothsirge. Remember to guard your thoughts though. Rothsirge will be paying close attention.

    If you're in the UK, the link you want is here: Daeva ebook on Amazon.co.uk.

    Happy Holidays and Happy Winter Solstice!


    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Horror with Heart for the Holidays

    I'm fond of the advertisement I placed in the program for Reveille Mens' Chorus' ON HOLIDAY performances this year. I went for a little humor and received a lot of great comments about the ad. Now the performances are history, but I still like the ad, so I'm sharing it here. Without further ado...


    And if seeing the ad encourages anyone to consider grabbing a little Horror with Heart for your holidays, an easy way to preview and purchase my novels is through my Amazon Author Page

    Friday, December 11, 2015

    SouthWest Writers interview about DAEVA




    SouthWest Writers interviewed me about my new release, Daeva, and about writing in general. Dare to enter the mind of this writer? You'll be safe if you avoid the deep shadows. And yes, as many have speculated, there's enough empty space in my head to generate some really cool echos. Hope you enjoy.

    Big thanks to author KL Wagoner for doing such a great job with the interview.

    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Dark Knowledge gives thanks


    Happy Thanksgiving, America!

    I like the way this season makes me stop and think about how fortunate I am. This year, one of my novels received a very timely reason to be thankful, and that makes this author even more thankful than usual.

    Dark Knowledge ebook sales caught fire a few days ago. It was quite a run, and I really enjoyed watching Dark Knowledge's Amazon ranking soar. I even saved a screen shot of the best ranking I saw. #11 best seller in Dark Fantasy!


    I think Dark Knowledge deserved a little reader love. It's always had my author love, but it's had a tough time as a published novel, as I mentioned before in my "The novel that wouldn't die" post. To recap, Dark Knowledge's initial publisher published it and then turned their backs on it. They decided to limit their focus to paranormal thrillers that were predominately romantic or erotic. They were good enough to give me my rights back when I asked, and I quickly found a new publisher...who did the exact same thing as the first, except the second publisher held on to the rights for years before returning them to me. Now, as a self-published novel, Dark Knowledge is finally getting some reader love. And since my biggest satisfaction as an author is to be read, I'm feeling that love too.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Dark Knowledge! You've always been a winner in my books.

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Giveaway concluded and "choralography" begun

    My Goodreads giveaway ended at midnight last night with more than 800 people entered to win a signed paperback copy of Daeva. Two winners were selected by Goodreads, and I've got their signed copies ready to take to the post office.

    Don't worry if you didn't win. There's plenty of Daeva to go around. You'll just need to buy your copy now. For a paperback, click here. For ebook, click here.


    In other news, the men's chorus that I belong to, Reveille, is preparing for our big holiday shows December 4, 5, & 6. That's barely more than 3 weeks away! Lots of rehearsing and memorizing ahead for this writer. And also lots of, what we call, "choralography." We're not strictly a stand-on-risers-with-a-songbook kind of chorus, and I'm really glad about that, but adding movement and dancing and all sorts of gimmicky fun to many of our songs is an extra challenge. It's a fun challenge though, and people really seem to enjoy our performances. The chorus has more fun too.

    From our 2013 Holiday Show
    On that note (pardon the pun), it's time to go over a few songs to see if I've got them memorized yet.

    Monday, November 09, 2015

    Reminder for the DAEVA giveaway

    The sign up period for the Goodreads giveaway I have going on for Daeva will come to an end Wednesday. I'm giving away 2 paperbacks. Sign up through Goodreads.com (see helpful link below).



    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    Daeva by Keith Pyeatt

    Daeva

    by Keith Pyeatt

    Giveaway ends November 11, 2015.
    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
    Enter Giveaway
    And while I'm on the subject of Daeva, it received its first review on Amazon, and I like it!


    Saturday, October 31, 2015

    Final day for the Horror with Heart 99 cents sale

    This fine Halloween Day is the final day for my eBook sale. Dark Knowledge, Above Haldis Notch, and Struck are a third of their usual price. Just $0.99/each. Pick up the ones you haven't read for cheap. Click on a cover below to go to that novel's Kindle page for preview and purchase.

             

    I hope everyone has a frightfully fun and safe Halloween! 

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    DAEVA Goodreads Giveaway


    Daeva Giveaway


    I'm giving away two paperback copies of my new release, Daeva, over at Goodreads. You'll need to register at Goodreads if you haven't already, but that's painless and quick.

    Click the link below and follow the instructions to enter the contest. Goodreads will pick two winners on November 12th.



    Goodreads Book Giveaway

    Daeva by Keith Pyeatt

    Daeva

    by Keith Pyeatt

    Giveaway ends November 11, 2015.
    See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
    Enter Giveaway


    Daeva Cover




    Halloween Week $0.99 eBook Sale


    And please don't forget that my eBook promotion is still going on. From now through Halloween, Kindle copies of Struck, Dark Knowledge, and Above Haldis Notch are only 99 cents each. They'll return to their regular price of $2.99 on November 1st. Tell your friends! 

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Creating suspense

    The good people in SouthWest Writers, a fine writers organization in Albuquerque, New Mexico, republished my article about creating suspense on their website. It was a fun article to write. I'm glad to see it again. Click the image and teaser below to see the article.


    Sunday, October 25, 2015

    Horror with Heart for 99 cents

    I'm in such a good mood that my novel Daeva is published, I'm celebrating Halloween week by having the first ever Horror with Heart eBook discount. Now there's no reason why you can't escape into a world filled with paranormal chills and thrills for All Hallows' Eve.

    Starting now and lasting through Halloween, the Kindle versions of Struck, Dark Knowledge, and Above Haldis Notch are only 99 cents! Buy one, buy two, or buy all three. If you've already read one or more of my novels and you're glad you did, please tell your friends that this is the week to try out my style of paranormal thrillers. Prices return to $2.99 Sunday, November 1st -- still a bargain, but why not pick up all three for the regular price of one?

             

    And don't forget my new release, Daeva. Amazon won't let me to reduce the price until it's been on the market for a few months, but it's still a great deal at $2.99 for an eBook and $11.50 for a paperback. 


    Monday, October 19, 2015

    Daeva is here!

    At long last, my psychological paranormal thriller Daeva is published! It's time to get your copy. Act quickly, and you'll have a book that'll help put you in the Halloween mood.

    The gargoyle has nothing to do with the
    novel, but he insisted on being in the
    picture. Who am I to argue?
    Daeva is now available in paperback and as a Kindle eBook.

    This will be a different publishing experience for me. My other three novels--Struck, Dark Knowledge, and Above Haldis Notch--are now self-published, but they were all given birth, so to speak, by a publisher. Daeva's road to publication was a lengthy, twisted path, and I ultimately decided to unleash this novel upon the world on my own. As of today, it's out there, and I'm proud. I've always loved this novel. You'd have to love something to rewrite it as many times as I have over the years. I hope you'll love it too.

    A request: If you have friends who might enjoy Daeva, please let them know it's out there and waiting for them to give it a read. And if you like it, please consider writing a review on Amazon and recommending it to your friends. Without a publisher, I don't have the benefits of any marketing presence they provide, but a little word of mouth can make up for that lacking.

    As always, I love hearing from readers, so if you read Daeva or any of my paranormal thrillers and want to say howdy, please do.

    And now I'm off to bask in the paranormal glow of my accomplishment. I'm really happy to share this novel with you.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    Halloween thrills a comin'


    The final, final edit of DAEVA is complete! Whew! I still need to upload the changes and make sure it formats correctly, but I remain on schedule to get this paranormal thriller out into the world where it can do some thrilling by Halloween. Yay!

    UPDATE: Monday's the day! 
    Watch for DAEVA's release October 19th.

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    Cover reveal for DAEVA

    DAEVA has a cover, and it's time to share it with you. I don't have an exact release date yet, but it'll be in October, early enough for you to have a copy in hand for some Halloween reading. Sample the opening on my website by clicking HERE.

    Without further ado, DAEVA's cover...


    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Proofing the pudding

    I announced earlier that my plan is to release Daeva this fall, and I've been working hard to meet that goal. Fall is now a mere five or six weeks away, and I'm happy to report that Daeva remains on track for a fall release. Yay! Actually, I think it'll be ready for an early fall release. Double yay!

    I'm at the stage where I'm searching for punctuation problems, missing words, tense problems, misplaced modifiers... Editing a hard copy is always an eye-opener. I design the cover online and edit on a computer screen. I think it's about ready to go when I upload it to be printed. Then the proof paperback arrives. Yikes. The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes, and I've learned that before I serve up the pudding, I need to do a taste test. So I'm proofing the pudding, if you will.

    So that's my Daeva status report. I tweaked the cover quite a bit after seeing the proof copy, and now I'm very happy with it. The inside layout and readability is good. Daeva is about 300 pages the way I have it formatted. It could have fewer pages and cost just a little less, but that would make it more difficult to read, and my goal, whether writing or laying out text, is to make my novels easy to read and hard to put down. I'm finding more errors (mostly punctuation) than I'm used to at this stage, but I'd rather find them now than later.

    Time for me to get back to cleaning up those errors. Get ready or stay ready for Daeva. Won't be long now.

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    Coming this fall...

    When evil knows your mind, fight it with your heart.

    For the first time in years, I can say that I'm staying busy with writing-related activities. I'm finally writing first draft of a novel again, one I outlined and began years ago...and then stalled. I'm also preparing to unleash a new novel into the marketplace (and hopefully into your hands) this fall.

    My novel, Daeva, has had a rough time finding its way into publication. To recap the history: Three and a half years ago, I signed with a publisher that I was really excited about to have Daeva published in 2014. The publisher slowed down their production schedule, pushed Daeva's release out to 2015, and then stopped publishing books before they got to mine. Drats! 

    I vowed to either find a new publisher this year or self-publish. I queried a half dozen publishers, and ended up getting two offers, which thrilled me, but after reviewing the contracts and evaluating how much marketing advantage I thought the publishers could provide, I didn't sign with either one. It was a tough decision and one that surprised me.

    So now I've completed a full, careful edit of my novel and designed a cover I love. I formatted everything for publication, and now I'm waiting for proof copies of the paperback to arrive in the mail so I can begin yet another edit (with the help of my eagle-eyed husband). I can spot most mistakes and areas that need improvement while editing on my computer, but some mistakes hide from me until I see them printed on paper.

    Bottom line: I'm on track to publish Daeva this fall!

    Watch here for the cover reveal, coming SOON!