Friday, April 1, 2016

Annual April #amwriting at the beach! Or am I April Fooling? (The Dawnflier, Apr. 2016)

I love this meme, which I saw today via the feed of a recent Twitter follower. 
Whoever dreamed it up is no April Fool!

Move away: Check. I relocated from the metro Washington, DC area in 2005 to our farm in southwestern Virginia, some 300 miles distant but close enough that it isn't too much of a hassle to return for conventions and other such doses of civilization.

Find a new job: Check. I'm writing and publishing full time now, with the occasional substitute-teaching job on the side.

On a beach: Check—but only two weeks plus the odd long weekend here and there throughout the year, this week being one of them.

With rum: Double check—rum is not my preferred recreational beverage; does sangria or sake count? :D

This week I'm helping my daughter look for an apartment, in addition to the following #amwriting activities:
  • Updated the print edition of The Challenge to match more closely with its e-book and audiobook structure. Fifty copies will be given away to lucky attendants of the annual Washington Romance Writers Retreat at the end of this month, and I hope you're one of them!
  • Published the Spanish edition of The Challenge, titled El Reto. It will be available via Kindle Unlimited for the first three months, and then I will release it to other sales channels.
  • Evaluated more chapters of the forthcoming audiobook production of King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court. Producer Danielle Cohen is doing a fantastic job of voicing Queen Morgan and the other characters. She's about halfway done, and I cannot wait to share this production with you!
  • Continued working on Raging Sea. Part one, Raging Sea: Reckonings, is free on Kindle Unlimited or with an Amazon Prime membership.

In other news:
  • King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court has been shortlisted for the 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in Fantasy and Science Fiction. This entitles the book to silver-medal status already; winners will be announced on April 8. KASIWC also has been entered in the 2016 IPPY Awards, and those finalists will be announced April 7; the winners will be revealed at the 2016 Book ExpoAmerica in mid-May.
  • Kings, the sword & sorcery crossover novella I cowrote with longtime author-friend Patricia Duffy Novak, is now a free download via Kindle Unlimited or with an Amazon Prime subscription. Enter this giveaway for your chance to win an e-copy, while supplies last!
  • And the first book published under the Pendragon Cove Press imprint which I did not write, Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher's Trek by Fred Eichelman, is a free download via Kindle Unlimited or with an Amazon Prime subscription. Discover a heartwarming side of Hollywood and politics that you never knew existed!
  • My next confirmed appearance will be Saturday, April 9, Bluefield College, VA, for the annual Celebration of Appalachia event, where I will be selling and signing my books. Paperback editions of The Challenge and The Color of Vengeance will be free!

The rowboat in the "I need a vacation" meme seems rather small, but if you can squeeze in, I invite you to come along for the ride!

Enter this Amazon giveaway for your chance to win
an e-copy of Kings, while supplies last!

All this month, you are invited to…

— Follow Kim on Twitter
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— Leave a comment on any page of The Maze, especially if you have done the Twitter, Pinterest, and/or YouTube follow

and each action this month is good for one chance to win a copy of any of Kim's e-books. 

Please enter often, and good luck!

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