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. I've never experienced anything even close to this run of sales on any of my novels in the 6+ years I've been published, and I really enjoyed watching Dark Knowledge's Amazon ranking soar. I saved a screen shot of the best ranking I saw. #11 best seller in Dark Fantasy!

I think Dark Knowledge deserved this. 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 publish only paranormal thrillers that were predominately romantic or erotic. They gave 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 (see helpful link below).

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Daeva by Keith Pyeatt


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


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!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Still kicking

Geez, nearly three months since my last post. Either I'm lazy, busy, or time flies. Or all three. So what's gone on since late March? This 'n that.

Writing-wise, I'm editing my novel Daeva. This is the novel originally scheduled for publication later this year, but the publisher closed its doors. I still absolutely love this novel. As many times as I've self-edited and rewritten and modified it (and those times have been MANY), I still enjoying being in that world with those characters.

Singing-wise, Reveille Men's Chorus had its big spring show in May at the Temple of Music and Art here in Tucson. Rehearsals and practicing really ramped up in April, taking up a lot of my time, but it was fun. The result was a roller coaster of a show held in a great venue and presented to big, appreciative audiences. Everyone seemed to love it, and we all had great fun.

I've hiked a time or two. We had a cool spring by Tucson standards, and that made getting out and enjoying nature a pleasure.

Traveling has been limited, although we did spend a few days at a resort in Phoenix last weekend. Phoenix in June calls for staying wet as much as possible, and we did.

Now the heat is here in Tucson, so we're still spending time wet each day. A few dips a day sure makes things more comfortable.

So I am definitely around and still kicking. Sorry for being so quiet for so long.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New "Horror with Heart" Website!

It's all new and my first attempt at building my own website. I like it! What do you think? or will take you there.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The novel that wouldn't die

Like its lead character, Wesley, my novel Dark Knowledge just won't give up. Good thing. It's had a rough time of it.

Dark Knowledge was a fun novel to write and edit, and I've always loved the pace and characters and story line. The theme changed as I wrote the first draft, and this "good and bad together" idea presented itself, but it happened so early in the first draft that I didn't have to do the dreaded delete and start again thing I've had to do before. Even summarizing this novel for a synopsis was (relatively) easy. The rough times I mentioned came after it was published.

The first small publisher seemed promising, but almost immediately after publishing DK, they decided to "move away" from paranormal thrillers and horror in favor of romance and erotica. Luckily, when I asked for my rights back, they complied, and I quickly found DK another promising small publisher. Then the second publisher did the same thing the first did. Doh!

In 2014, I regained the rights to all three of my published novels, and I made them available as eBooks through Amazon. People keep requesting paperbacks, so I've decided to give it a try, and I'm again using Amazon to publish them. Since Dark Knowledge has had the roughest life in publishing, it's first to get another shot at being a paperback.

Here's the wrap-around cover. Back cover is to the left, then the spine, then front cover on the right. It's my design and creation, so feel free to say nice things about it. *smile*

Dark Knowledge is already available as an ebook, and it'll be available in paperback very soon.

Two bad publishing experiences can't keep this novel down.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Halloween '14

Us horror guys like Halloween. Go figure. It's always a good night, but this year's was pretty tame. I attended a fun pumpkin carving party the week before, and then Jack and I took off on a short, 3-day cruise. We dubbed it a "cruisette." It was fun, and we arrived back home the day before Halloween, most of our social energy spent.

So on Halloween night, we stayed in to hand out treats. It's always more fun if you join in a bit, so we dressed up. I considered going with this mask:

Putting it on each time the doorbell rang might have been a pain, and we do tend to get lots of smaller children who can get scared pretty easily, so I went with this costume instead: 

Friendlier but funky. I liked it. Jack joined in with a friendly, funky costume too:

Don't we make a nice couple? We had fun, but we didn't get too many trick-or-treaters. The ones we had were very cute and young and skittish, so we made the right choice not to be too scary. 

We enjoyed our subdued Halloween, and I'm sure we'll think of something to do with the surplus of candy we have. I hope your Halloween was fun, frightful, and safe. Welcome to November! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Snake Country

Southern Arizona is snake country, including an abundance of fear-inducing rattlesnakes. The Texas Panhandle, where I lived for my first 31 years, isn't exactly a stranger to rattlers, so I thought I'd be well-prepared for Tucson, but I'm still caught off-guard sometimes. I'm also a little surprised at just how many snakes I see.

We live adjacent to a wash -- a wild, low-lying area that's usually dry but channels water to larger washes and rivers after heavy rains -- so we see more coyotes, quail, bobcats, javelinas, etc. than a lot of residents. Also more sssssnakes.

Here's a photo my partner took when out walking our dogs about 5 months ago.

That particular snake wasn't poisonous, but it was impressive. We're used to scanning the ground for snakes, especially when walking the dogs, so spotting this one above head level was even more of a shock.

We've had our share of rattlesnake encounters during our first 4 years in Tucson, and lately rattlesnakes seem particularly active. We had one in our backyard a couple weeks ago, and several friends have had to deal with them. Monday, I saw one on my morning run along the Rillito River Path, about 10 feet off the path. A Pima County employee was taking a break from trying to capture or kill it with a shovel, and he clearly was not enjoying the task. I offered sympathies as I ran by, speaking loudly so he could hear me over the intense, angry rattling sound but being careful I didn't distract him at a bad time.

So when I approached that same area on this morning's run, after all the snake encounters lately, you'd think I'd be extra cautious, wouldn't you?

Nah! I wasn't, and I was rewarded with a major adrenaline rush for my negligence.

I'd been running along, listening to a runner's steps as he ever so slowly gained ground on me. I don't get passed too often, so I was waiting to see who it was. (If I'm passed by a young jock type, I lessen the sting of being overtaken by reminding myself how much older I am. It's called "playing the age card.") It was, indeed, a young athletic guy this morning, but instead of passing me, he matched pace and ran beside and just a little bit behind me. I stayed close to the right edge of the path to make it easy for him to go around when he wanted, but he didn't pass. I'm not used to having a running partner, so I wasn't completely comfortable, and part of my attention stayed on the other runner.

That's when I spotted a snake...beside me...RIGHT beside me, maybe a foot and a half from my feet.

The snake was about 3 foot long, fat, and stretched out lengthwise just off the trail. At a glance, it appeared to be a rattlesnake, and it might have been, but I don't know that for sure. There are non-poisonous snakes around here with similar markings. I didn't notice if it had a rattle because I was scrambling to get away from it. So it might have been a bullsnake or a king snake, but at the time, I was thinking RATTLER!, so it was definitely a dayum moment for me. I know because I shouted "DAYUM!"

The odd thing was that there were about 5 walkers just ahead of me who'd all passed by this snake almost as closely as I did with no reaction. I began wondering if the snake had been alive. I turned and asked the young guy running beside me. He said, "Oh yeah, it's definitely alive. I was just running the other direction, and I saw it crawling along."

A bit later, the the young guy went one way, and I went another.

Now this guy seemed nice enough, but it was unusual that he ran with me instead of overtaking me. A weird thought hit. He knew the snake was there. Had he stayed beside me so he could see my reaction when I noticed the snake?

Nah! Like I wrote above, he seemed like a nice guy, and he showed no sign of taking pleasure from my "dayum" moment. But if he had been hoping for a reaction, I didn't disappoint. If I'd jumped to the side any farther than I did, I'd have knocked him over.

So another day, another lesson on the importance of staying alert. I love it here, but sometimes...dayum!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I feel cheap, and I like it!

*** This is an updated re-posting of an entry from April *** 

My novels that were first published back in '09 and '11 have now finished their runs with their publishers, and I've made them all available as ebooks through Amazon. If you haven't braved one of my paranormal worlds yet, this is a great time to change that, and $2.99 will put any one of my three published novels in your hands (or, more accurately, in your ebook reader).

Struck had a 5 year run with its publisher, and now it's available for your Kindle for $2.99 in its new format with its new cover. Sample a few chapters for free if you're not sure it's for you. CLICK HERE to view and purchase.

Dark Knowledge finished its 3 year run with its publisher, and its now $2.99 for ebook. There may still be some paperback copies available from its earlier publisher as well. CLICK HERE to view and purchase. 

Above Haldis Notch also had a new cover and format and the same low price of $2.99 at Amazon for an ebook. CLICK HERE to view and purchase.

To recap: I'm cheap. Try me. Buy me. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Above Haldis Notch -- new look, better price

My afterlife thriller, Above Haldis Notch, has a new cover and a new low price. Here's the new cover:

The new eBook price is $2.99. See for yourself at Amazon. And while you're there, buy a copy or sample a few chapters for free (and THEN buy it. *smile* )

With this change, all three of my published "horror with heart" novels are available as eBooks for $2.99. Visit my Amazon Author's Page by CLICKING HERE to purchase or sample any or all of them. 

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Tango for free and read me

Tango Sunday, a collection of short stories about "life on the edge," by Janet Brennan is a free Kindle book for the next few days. I've mentioned Tango Sunday before on this blog. It's a fun read that will take you in a lot of new directions. I'm the guest author. My paranormal story, "Final Vision," is about a man who sees the future, laments the past, and needs the present.

To get the Kindle version for free, go to the Amazon page by CLICKING HERE. Hurry, I believe it's only free through June 4th.

6-6-14 UPDATE: If you didn't snap it up for free, you missed your chance. It went back to list price June 5th, but it's worth it. Sample it for free at Amazon and see for yourself.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Can a horror writer sing and dance?

If someone were to ask you to form a mental picture of a horror writer, you might envision a person dressed in dark clothing slumped over a keyboard in a dimly lit room, cruel lips twitching into a sneer as he tortures innocent characters. Maybe there's a stuffed crow perched beside his computer and a Freddy Krueger poster on the wall behind him.

Okay, so I don't have a stuffed crow or Freddy Krueger poster, but at times I come pretty close to that image. There are other times, however, when I'm nothing like that at all. Just like normal folks, we horror writers live varied lives, and a big focus in my personal life right now is an upcoming weekend of performances with Reveille Men's Chorus. There are two big shows here in Tucson, Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Then later on in May, we're off to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to perform with a men's chorus there.

So you see, I'm a singing, dancing horror writer. Ever odd, but always having fun. If you're near Tucson this weekend, come see for yourself. Here's a link to the Reveille website, where you can learn more about the upcoming shows. And here's a picture of one of our recent practices to prove this writer's got the moves (at least for that one moment in time when the camera clicked).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Aloha again

We took another trip to Hawaii, this time splitting our time between the big island in the Waikoloa Resort area and Maui on Lahaina Beach. We love Hawaii even more after our second trip there. It helped that both hotels were exactly what we wanted, exactly where we wanted to be. "Location, location, location..." apparently applies to travel as well as to house shopping.

View from our balcony. 
Me hanging around the resort. Quite an impressive place.

We found nice places to rest on our beach walks.
Snorkel day! Wonderful coral and colorful fish to view.

Another scenic place to stop and enjoy.
I made a new friend in Kona. He didn't talk much, but he was a happy listener.

I run a lot in Hawaii. I love all the oxygen in the air at sea level, plus I enjoy taking in the ocean views, aromas, sounds of waves and birds... And after calling to me throughout my runs, the ocean is too tempting to ignore when I'm finished, so I kick off my shoes and dive in. It's very refreshing!

In Maui, the Lahaina beach went on and on and on... We enjoyed long beach walks every day. Our resort was away from the biggest throng of people but close enough to all the restaurants and shops that we could walk there instead of driving. We did a lot of walking, as usual for us. On both islands, we also enjoyed car trips along the coast, but we especially liked driving on Maui. It was very green and lush.

A short walk from our hotel, this shady spot just off the beach became a favorite spot for me.
Me on the beach in front of the hotel.

One of many great pictures we took on a drive north.
Jack on a rocky beach along the north coast of Maui. We were mesmerized by how the waves rolled in in tight clusters.

Jack taking a break from whale watching.
View from a restaurant where we ate lunch during one of our drives along the Maui coast.