Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mid-Winter's Eve Giveaway Hop - Win an #Amazon Gift Card!



Ah, friends, readers, and family...it's that time of year where we go to parties and quite possibly collect presents! For stopping by my page, Santa has left everyone a present! Many thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Oasis for YA for hosting this incredible giveaway hop.

Please feel free to collect a FREE copy of the Into the Shadows at the following locations!






In addition, for stopping by, you also get a chance to enter a giveaway, sponsored by me and amazing author Megg Jensen!

Grand Prize
$200 Gift Card to Amazon.com
Use it to purchase your very own Kindle Fire so you can read all our books OR anything your heart desires that Amazon provides! Plus ebooks from Megg Jensen and Moi, including the Song of Eloh Saga and the Into the Shadows Trilogy.

Prize #1
4 ebook copies of the Song of Eloh Saga by Megg Jensen


Prize #2
4 ebook copies of the Into the Shadows Trilogy by Karly Kirkpatrick
(includes Into the Shadows, Darkness Rising, and After Dawn)

How do you enter for these glorious prizes, you ask? Why, it's simple! Fill out the information below on the Rafflecopter form. You may receive extra entries for following our blogs, our Facebook pages, and signing up for our newsletters. Please be aware, you can only sign up on ONE of our blogs. The entries all go into one big happy Rafflecopter pot. So if you sign up here, don't sign up again at Megg's page. And you must be 13 or older. Good luck!





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When you're finished here, be sure to continue on on the blog hop! Happy Holidays and may the odds be ever in your favor!!!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Adventures in Epublishing: 10,000 Sales and Counting...

Well, I've gone and done it. I've sold 10,000 copies of my books. I'm not writing this post to brag (okay, maybe just a little), but I want to give those of you out there pursuing self-publishing this information. For the last two years (more like 2 1/2) I've been reading every post by successful authors, desperate to glean any morsel of useful information I could from said people. I still do! And while I have no idea if or how this might be helpful for you, I'll put it out there.

As I reported in August, 2012, my sales really picked up with the release of the Into the Shadows sequel, Darkness Rising, in June. The sales from Darkness Rising really pushed my sales numbers ahead and After Dawn, the trilogy finale, which has only been out 3 weeks, is also doing well. I've noticed numbers for the second book, Darkness Rising, have dropped off quite a bit. Into the Shadows is still free, but those downloads are a little slow as well. In general, the fall has been much slower than the summer was for me, but sales are still moving along nicely.

If I've learned anything from the sales run in the last six months, it's that it pays, literally, to have a series. Bloody Little Secrets comes in second to the Into the Shadows Trilogy as a decent seller, but mostly overseas through Apple. US sales have slowed. I plan to write a sequel for it though, so perhaps that will help its sales when the next one is ready. As for my other titles, my short stories manage about 10 sales a month, and surprisingly, my edgy YA Contemporary, The Green is my worst seller. Even with the new cover I guess it just suffers from the fact that it's a stand-alone book. I've tried marketing it, and it's currently in Select on Amazon, not that it's helped it one bit. I've already used 3 of the free days but that has caused no improvement in the matter. Even in terms of reviews, it has never received a bad one. It's just one of those unexplainable mysteries, I guess.

I released a new project today, the Grimmdale High Series, which is a series of short novelettes (10-15K words each) which feature a complete story/episode in each one. Traditionally, shorts don't sell nearly as well as novels, so we'll see if the concept takes off and increases sales. I only purchased the first two covers, so depending on the response, I can decide how much time I'll commit to the series. The beauty of self-publishing is you can experiment all you want!

In terms of income, if you followed me in August, you saw that my income was quite good. Since June, I've not dropped below $1,000 a month. I've not made as much as I did in June and July, but it's been steady.

Feel free to leave any questions below. I'm happy to answer whatever you've got on your mind!

Happy writing!

K

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

After Dawn is NOW AVAILABLE!!! #Amazon #Barnesandnoble

It's here! It's here!

You can get your copy at the following locations!

Amazon
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble


Also available at Amazon France, Germany, Spain, Italy, India, and Japan.

Coming soon to Kobo, Smashwords, and Apple!

Enjoy!

XOXO

Karly

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Get THE GREEN FREE Nov.1-3 on Amazon

Just in time to kick of the month of November, you can get your very own copy of THE GREEN for free on Amazon. This deal is available only November 1st-3rd! It's also now available on the Kindle Lending Library, so if you miss the free dates, borrow a copy on your Kindle.

Happy reading! Get a copy for yourself and pass it along to a friend!

XOXO

Karly


FREE COPY OF THE GREEN ON AMAZON!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop



 It's my favorite time of year! Ghosties and goblins abound and the candy...oh the candy! Think of this blog hop as your very own Trick-or-Treating. Except this time you get books! Everyone who stops by gets a free copy of my ebook, Into the Shadows, the first book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy, as well as On Raven's Wings, the first novelette in the Hell Bound Heaven Sent series from Isobel Lucas!




Trick-or-Treat! Everyone gets a FREE copy of Into the Shadows and On Raven's Wings!

Find your FREE copy of Into the Shadows at the following locations:

Find your FREE copy of On Raven's Wings at:

You can also enter to win one of 2 fabulous prize Packs:

Prize Pack #1
Into the Shadows Trilogy




















With this pack, you'll receive the remaining ebooks in the Into the Shadows Trilogy. After Dawn hasn't been released yet, so you'll be one of the first to get a copy!

Prize Pack #2
Hell Bent Heaven Sent 

In this pack, you'll receive the remaining 4 ebook novelettes for the Hell Bent Heaven sent series!


Entering to win is simple. The contest is open to US and International residents, ages 13 and up. Under 13 needs mom's or dad's consent!
It would be appreciated if you would follow me and Isobel on Facebook, follow my blog and Isobel's, or sign up for my newsletter to keep up on new releases, but it isn't required.

What IS required? Leaving your name and email address in the comment area! We'll pick 2 names at random and let you know after the 31st of October! Good luck!

Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and The Diary of a Book for hosting this epic blog hop! Be sure to continue on to their site and hundreds of others on the Linky below! Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Exciting News! Announcing Grimmdale High - Coming December 2012!

I'm so excited to tell you about my super secret project. I've been tossing this idea around since early 2012 and have finally made some time to make them a reality!

I've always been a fan of fairy tales, as well as all things funny. Grimmdale High is a marriage of both of those things. I'm approaching this series differently than my novels.

Grimmdale High will start off with two short episodes, short stories of about 10,000 words (40-50 pages, give or take). I'm hoping to release Snow White vs. Rose Red, which will be the first episode in the series, as well as Fairest of Them All, the second in the series, in December, before Christmas.

Ideally, I'll put out another episode in January, then February, and the final one in March. After the final episode, I'll bundle the series together into a complete volume.  If the idea is popular and readers really like it, then I'll look into doing a second round of them. I'm sort of thinking of these in terms of half-hour sitcoms. If I had to explain the genre to you, it would be a mash up of the TV shows Once Upon a Time and Suburgatory.

On the two covers, you get to meet the star of the Grimmdale High series, Bianca von Schweinhausen, or Snow White as her mother calls her. The blond is Rosie von Schweinhausen, Bianca's older sister. To say they dislike each other is an understatement.

I'll have full blurbs for them in November, so keep an eye out!

I've also got another idea of shorts in the works on the schedule for the spring, after this and New Blood, my next novel, are completed.

Not to worry, After Dawn is still coming in November. I'll be working on that some more this weekend/next week before it goes off for proofing. Still aiming for mid-November or at least before Thanksgiving!

XOXO
Karly

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fangs, Fur, and Fey Giveaway Hop



Happy October! It's time to celebrate all things spooky! Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Reading Lark for hosting the Fangs, Fur, &Fey Giveaway Hop!

For this giveaway, I've got two great prize packs set up!


Prize #1

The Vampire Pack

This prize is available to all US entrants. You will win (1) Vampire Diaries-themed charm bracelet in honor of my favorite TV show, which returns in October and features some of the hottest vamps around.

In addition to the bracelet, you will pick up a signed paperback copy of my vampire book, BLOODY LITTLE SECRETS.

Prize #2

Vampire and Friends Ebook Pack

This prize is open to US and International entrants. For this prize, you will win ebook copies of BLOODY LITTLE SECRETS and the complete INTO THE SHADOWS trilogy. Book #3 (After Dawn) will be sent as soon as it's complete (approx. November 1).





Ready to enter? All you need to do is leave your name and email address in the comments so I can contact you! You have from today through October 8th!
If you would like to, you're welcome to follow the blog or follow me on Facebook, but it is not required to enter.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Update On After Dawn

I've gotten a few emails regarding the upcoming release of After Dawn and figured I'd pop in to give you all an update!

The first draft of After Dawn is complete, I'm doing the first round of revisions now. At the end of this week, I should hopefully get it out to my beta readers. Once I get it back, I'll make those corrections (about a week or so) and then send it out to my proofreaders.

It will take me about a week to make corrections as they trickle in. Formatting takes only a short amount of time these days for me, so at least that part will be quick!

My hope is to get you the book between October 31-November 15. Now if only someone could work my full-time job for me, I could get it to you lots sooner!

I also plan to make a Trilogy bundle of all 3 editions. Not sure when exactly that will be ready. Hopefully not long afterward. I'll keep you posted!

I'm really happy with how the book is turning out and I hope you guys will love it! Stay tuned for further updates!

XOXO
Karly

Monday, September 17, 2012

Adventures in Epublishing: Changing Covers

I've been a little bothered by The Green's performance the last few months (all the months) it's been out.   Despite having some of my best reviews and being the highest rated of my books, it sells the least. I've pondered for awhile what to do to help it out. I've played with price. I've put it on a blog tour. It does have a one major drawback -- it's a stand-alone novel. It's not part of a series and never will be and as we've seen, series are the money-makers.

However, YA contemporary titles seem to sell decently despite that. So I looked at it a little deeper. And I thought about packaging. Quite simply if you compare The Green to the covers of my other titles, it looks the same. Same colors. Dark. Foreboding. My other books happen to be paranormal and not contemporary though. I think my original reasoning for going dark with the cover was because of the subject matter. It's kind of a dark book. Not nice things happen.

But at the end of the day, it's realistic fiction. We generally don't live in the dark, surrounded by dark clouds (all the time). And looking at other YA contemporary covers (think Sarah Dessen, John Green, Ellen Hopkins), they're bright, use lighter covers, even though they cover pretty heavy topics. And while I do appreciate my original cover, I figured it was time to try the opposite and see if that has any effect on sales. It certainly can't hurt.

I worked with Robin Ludwig of Ludwig Designs on the original, and she is the artist that has done my Into the Shadows and Bloody Little Secrets series covers. She definitely got across what I wanted. We have the red ribbon to show her shiny cheerleader-ness, the money to show, well, The Green, and a sporty-looking chick to represent our Ariceli. I think it's a great representation of the story and I do love the title font. It's awesome. But again, I chose dark on this one.











Here's the updated version with pretty much the same essential features. Cheerleader, red and white showing the school colors, and money. Also, you can see big, fancy Cambridge High School in the background. I think the bright colors and title are more prominent in the thumbnail as well.

It will be interesting to see if the cover makes a difference in sales. It could be that it will still suffer for not being part of a series. But we'll see. I might try one other promotional idea as well to see if the cover can really seal the deal. I have a sneaky suspicion based on my own stats, that this cover will do really well on Apple in particular. So we'll see.

I hope everyone knows that I did like my first cover, but in this business, you've got to be ready and willing to change things often until you reach your desired effect. I'll keep you posted as to how things go for it sales-wise. Right now it's averaging between 15-30 sales a month across ALL channels. Poor thing!

XOXO
Karly

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Adventures in Epublishing: Chasing the Unicorn

I'd like to say based on my sales in 2012 that I've reached a certain level of success. I have 4 novels out and a 5th due soon. I've sold over 8,000 copies of said books. All on my own. (Okay, I think it's safe to say with the help of readers and fellow authors, I couldn't have done it all on my own!) My current stance at the moment is to continue my writing career in the self-published fashion. I get to keep my rights and have access to great royalties. I make all my own decisions, from content to book covers to release dates to price. I love what I do. It's great. I wouldn't change it.

But it's also a business. I can't help but think sometimes, and I do go back and forth, that having a literary agent would be a valuable addition to my business. It would be great to have someone who could sell my print rights, or my foreign rights.

My ideal situation would be one where I retain my ebook rights and the agent looks to sell paperback rights or international rights so the books can be published in other languages.

But finding these agents is like chasing a unicorn. They occasionally exist on a full moon or at the end of the rainbow, but for the average self-published author, we can't seem to catch one.

I wonder if the industry has developed enough to allow these unicorns to actually exist. I know of a few, but mainly they're repping people far more successful than myself or people they snapped up prior to the author's self-publishing experiments.

I'd like to think in the future agents will be more accessible to us self-pubbers. We're all in business here and there has to be ways we can help each other. As a self-published author I've proven that I'm a hard worker, I pay attention to detail, I'm motivated, and also that I can market myself. I feel like that gives me such an advantage over some of their other clients. I'm ready to hit the ground running and already have a platform ready to go.

They also have to understand us and what we're looking for. Intelligent business options that allow us to retain important rights, but exploit the products we've created to their fullest.

If these agents do exist, I'd love to talk with them, if not only for myself but for all of us so we can see if the unicorns are real. Are there agents out there ready and willing to work with the self-published? What are their thoughts on the process and is what we're asking for something they actually see as lucrative business moves for them? I'd love to see an agency site that includes submission/query info for self-published authors.

I'm going to do a little digging and see what I can find out...wish me luck! I'll report back anything I uncover!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to the Books Hop - Giveaway Time!!!





It's time to hit the books! Thanks for stopping by and being part of the I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Buried in Books Back to Books Hop! This is a great time to fill that ereader and also receive a chance to win some fun prizes!


Just for stopping by, everyone gets a free copy of my book, Into the Shadows, the first book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy! The links below will lead you to the locations it is free. (Please note: Nook readers - use Smashwords to download the .epub version!)



FREE!

Annnnd...The Prize!
On this blog hop, I'll be giving away two ebooks (any format). The winner will receive a copy of both Darkness Rising (Book 2 in the Into the Shadows Trilogy) and the upcoming After Dawn (Book 3 in the Into the Shadows Trilogy). After Dawn will be emailed to the winner at a later date, but they will get it before anyone else!



ALSO...The Winner picks up:

The Continued Silence EP from Imagine Dragons. The EP contains 6 songs, all of which I listened to while writing After Dawn (and I love love love!). This prize will be sent in hard copy (CD) or gifted in MP3 format from Amazon.com. The winner will chose the format. For international winners, the prize will MP3 only and I reserve the write to substitute the prize for more ebooks if we encounter complications in the gifting process. 


This contest is open to both US and International readers (with the exception listed above regarding the CD). 

TO ENTER
Leave your name and email address in the comment section below. Ages 13 and up only please!
Winner will be drawn September 8th.

If you'd like to follow this blog or 'like' my Facebook page, that would be awesome but it is not required for entry into the contest.

Thanks for stopping in and be sure to visit all the other sites on the blog hop! Good luck!



Friday, August 10, 2012

Adventures in Epublishing: My Sales Overview

I recently posted an old article that I wrote roughly two years ago regarding my decision to jump into epublishing. I had a request to share some numbers, so people could see how I was faring in the epub game. I'll break it down by year, as I have the numbers sorted out on various Excel documents.

I started epublishing in November, 2010. So the first year is really based on a small amount of data.

From November-December of 2010 I sold 158 copies of Into the Shadows. A lot of these were paperbacks from family and friends. 103 were ebooks.

In 2011, paperback sales dropped off but ebook sales picked up. I published a second book, Bloody Little Secrets in April, 2011. This was not a sequel to the first (my biggest regret!) but did fairly well out of the gate. I sold between 100-150 copies between both books a month and was making roughly $180-$200 a month. Not bad, considering at the time I was thinking that Joe Konrath was talking about making $1500 a month with his books (although, he had jumped up to to much more than that a month by mid-2011).  I also experimented with price on and off, trying 99 cents, and $2.99. I priced Bloody Little Secrets higher, at $3.99 to see if it would sell. It actually sold better at the higher price.

By September 2011, my sales were pretty stagnant and due to some issues at home/work, new material was slow in coming out. I added a collection of short stories in October of 2011. I didn't expect to make much off of that. However, in September, 2011, a few of my DarkSide friends and I decided to give 'free' a go. By having our books go free on Amazon, we all got a great boost. They did better than I because they had sequels available for their books. They did incredibly. I did respectably. I gave away over 50,000 copies.

In August of 2011, with 86 copies sold between two books, I made $184. October jumped up to 141 copies and I made just over $300. In November, I sold slightly more copies at 150 and made almost $400. By December I had sold 193 copies and made almost $600. Not too shabby.

So my total take for 2011 was 1,399 sales between 2 books (3 titles if you count the short story collection) and I made $2,957.90.

That brings us to 2012. In January, 2012, I published The Green. To date, it is my worst selling novel (other than the shorts) but for some reason is the most highly rated. People love it! So that's good! It didn't do much for sales, but I kept working. January 2012 started out as a great month because I saw some sell-through on Bloody Little Secrets even though it wasn't related to Into the Shadows. I set Into the Shadows at 99 cents, and the other 2 books were $3.99.

In January I jumped up to 251 copies sold and made about $650. I was very happy. But alas, it wasn't going to stick around. Sales dropped off in February and continued to slide downhill through April, where I took home less than $200. It seemed that my average was hanging around that $200 a month mark. In April I decided to set Bloody Little Secrets for free, because I was bored, looking for a boost, wanting to take a risk, whatever. When numbers don't move, I try to mix it up a little. I also knew my best bet at sales was my upcoming sequel. I gave away about 50,000 copies of BLS and sales jumped back up in May, with 448 copies sold and I made over $300.

Darkness Rising, the sequel to Into the Shadows, came out on June 4th, 2012. Into the Shadows went free on Amazon on June 8th, 2012. June has been my best month of sales to date, with most sales coming strictly from the sequel. I sold 2,298 copies in June and made just over $5600. What a difference a month makes! July was also pretty good, but it slowed down. In July, I sold 1,649 copies and made roughly over $4000.

August was my slowest month in 2011 and is proving to be slow for me again. There haven't been as many free downloads this month to keep feeding the machine, so I'll be happy to make over $1000. We'll see how it all ends up.

I'm looking forward to fall now, when the final book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy comes out before Christmas (I'm aiming for end of October). I'll go into the lucrative holiday season with a complete trilogy, which is awesome. In winter, I'll have a sequel for Bloody Little Secrets. So I'm hoping to make  steady money every month. But so far in 2012, I've made over $11,000. A big improvement on 2011. But also, I have more books out.

Here's what I'm currently pricing the books at:
Into the Shadows (book 1) - free
Darkness Rising (book 2) - $3.99 / I make $2.70 per copy
After Dawn (book 3) - will be priced at $3.99 (Fall 2012)
Trilogy Bundle (all three books) - $7.99 (not sure what the profit is there) I'll put this out after the final book is out. Maybe this winter.

Bloody Little Secrets - $2.99 / I make $2.06 a copy It was at $3.99, but I dropped it to $2.99 since it will be the first book in a series
New Blood - will be priced at $3.99 (Winter 2012/2013)

The Green - $3.99 / I make $2.70 a copy

EIGHT (collection of short stories) - 99 cents / I make $0.35

It's not enough to quit the day job yet, but I'm hoping 2013 will really be my turning point, with 2 series going and by March 2013, I'll have 8 titles on my shelf (if you include all titles, including bundles). So be prepared, it can take time to see real results in sales. Some people hit it big quick, I was definitely not one of those people. But I couldn't be happier that I get to write and people actually pay me to read it. It blows my mind sometimes! Also, write a series, if you've got it in you. Having a series gives you a much better chance at making good money!

Happy writing, hope this info was useful to you!

XOXO

Karly

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Adventures in ePublishing...Taking the Plunge

I've been going through old posts deleting pictures (ones not owned by me) and came across some interesting stuff. It's funny having this blog as it follows my history as an author. I found this piece that I wrote while wrestling with the idea of self-publishing. This was from about 2 years ago, summer of 2010. I never published it, and I'm not sure why I didn't. I think it's funny to see how things have changed, although I think for some the argument is probably the same. Those switching over from the idea of traditional publishing to self-publishing or indie publishing or epublishing or whatever you want to call it, still struggle with the decision. 


I'm definitely glad I jumped in and took the risk two years ago. I'll have been published 2 years on November 1st and I couldn't be happier. I've got 4 books out and a collection of short stories and I've got tons of projects to keep me busy for years. People are buying and reading my books, and I promise I made WAY more than the $50 to take my husband out to a nice dinner. He LOVES my second job!!! Funny, I think the pros and cons are still very much the same. Can I just say, it's awesome that authors have so many more choices these days. 


Okay, so I've made a very educated decision. I've thought this over long and hard and done some research and I am going to dive into the eBook pool. Now there are, of course, pros and cons to my decision. I realize that it may not even be a popular decision, though my research seems to keep coming up otherwise.

Why am I deciding to go ahead with this? Well, I have a book that has met it's maker in terms of being submitted. It was rejected many many times (probably more than 80). So you may be thinking, why waste time on this book, it surely must be crap. Maybe I'm the eternal optimist, but despite it's rejections, they were good rejections. It was requested, in partial and in full, many times. The book was submitted during 2008-2009 and some responses I received indicated that they liked the book, but due to the market and poor economy, they couldn't take on new authors. I have hope for this book. It's a good story.

Now, I'm not just jumping out there blind. This book has been read by quite a few people, including writers, some of which will be checking it out after a zillionth round of rewriting and revising. I'm going to do everything I can to provide a good, quality reading experience. In addition to having a good story, there were other reasons that factored into this decision. I also don't intend to give up on getting my other book published in a traditional fashion. I plan on continuing the search for an agent for that book.

I'll start with the cons, so you can see that I'm not crazy and did have a rational thought process.

Cons

- I have a nagging thought in the back of my mind that publishing my book on Amazon will somehow blacklist me in the writing world and will say that 'I wasn't good enough, therefore I published myself.'
- I will have no printed books available (and am not willing to invest the money for them, despite their availability) so my market will strictly be limited to people who use Kindle or one of its apps for the computer.
- Marketing the book will be all on me. I will have no support in terms of agent and publisher.
- It's possible that no one will buy the book and to all my friends online I will look like a complete and utter failure.
- I won't be able to have cool book-signing parties.
- The writers' organization I belong to will still not recognize me as 'published.'

Pros
- A book that is pretty much dead will be given some life.
- I have a network of writers and friends and fans (maybe) out there in cyberspace that may just take a chance on an unpublished writer and give my book a read.
- I may develop a fan base for future works that may be published traditionally.
- It's possible for most people to download Kindle for free to their iTouch, iPhone, laptops, desktops (both PC and Mac). This may allow more people to purchase the book in the comfort of their own home.
- I can offer the book at a very low price, encouraging the wider market to purchase it with little risk (like $.99 or $1.99).
- I have been participating in Friday Flash, posting short stories on this blog, and will continue to do so. Those that have enjoyed my writing here may be more likely to purchase a book.
- It costs absolutely nothing (except maybe paying someone to make a pretty book cover) to post the book on Amazon.
- Across the web everyone is talking about how the eBook is going to be the next big thing and traditional publishing will go the way of the record and laser disc. Now would be a good time to try it out.
- Maybe I could make 50 bucks and take my husband out for a nice dinner. Or a medium dinner and a movie. He's not picky.
- I pretty much have nothing to lose.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Bloody Little Secrets Sequel: Cover and Title Reveal!!!


It's here! It's here! It's here!

The sequel to Bloody Little Secrets has a title AND a cover! 
I decided to use a different cover model and this cover represents Callie, one of Drake's good friends.
Thanks to Robin Ludwig at Robin Ludwig Designs, Inc. for the lovely design that goes so well with Bloody Little Secrets! 

I have the book details worked out and will start working on it as soon as After Dawn, Book 3 of the Into the Shadows Trilogy, is finished. I'm aiming to finish that at the end of August. I'm hoping to have After Dawn for you in October and New Blood around the New Year-ish. We'll have to see how the fingers fly (on the keyboard). 

I'm off to California next week for a bit of vacation and a wedding before my writing marathoning starts, but hopefully sometime in August I'll have a blurb for you for New Blood as well. 


Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Green is On Tour!!!

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Many thanks to www.Charismamedianetwork.com  for organizing this fabulous tour for The Green!

If you'd like to participate in the tour and possibly win yourself a copy, be sure to follow the link below to Charisma Media Network's page for The Green's tour! 

It will give you links to all the stops on the tour, let you know where the giveaways will be AND you can get nifty buttons for your blogs as well, just like the ones I have on my page! 


Hope you're a big winner!

xoxo, Karly

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guest Post: Happy Belated Birthday, Dream Smashers by Angela Carlie

Dream Smashers celebrated her first birthday all alone in March. I'm a horrible book parent and didn't even throw her a party. To make up for it, I gave her a facelift. I hope she likes it. And I hope her readers like it, too.

Take a look. Isn't she pretty?


Dream Smashers has needed a new cover for a while now. It's an important story, but often gets overlooked. The original cover, which I love, wasn't sitting well with the readers. It even was nominated for a most ugly cover list over on Goodreads. The second cover was an experiment, something I whipped up myself, and not very professional.  I believe this new cover captures the emotion of the story, but also has appeal for the readers. I adore it!

About Dream Smashers:

Letting go is hard to do, but sometimes, it's all you can do.

Sixteen-year-old Autumn is a human heartache. Everywhere she turns people are stomping on her hopes and dreams. Her mom's a tweaker. She's lived with her chain-smoking grandmother for as long as she can remember. Even her best friend has issues. Autumn seems to be the only responsible person she knows and she's sick of putting up with it all.

When she meets Evan, a hot guy without a worry in the world, she can only wonder if he's for real or just another Dream Smasher.

A girl who no longer wants to care and a boy who cares enough for the both of them. Dream Smashers is a love story, but most of all, it's about letting go.


Thanks to my good friend, Megg Jensen, for inspiring me to get 'er done, and Rashelle Workman who referred Megg who then referred me to the cover artisan Steven Novak. Go check him out. He's awesome.

Dream Smashers is available on Amazon Kindle and wherever else eBooks are sold.  It may take a day or two for the new version to be available.

So tell me, do you like it?


Monday, June 25, 2012

Off To Rome...

Hey all, just a quick note to let you know I'll be off the grid for about 10 days. I'm headed to Rome to spend some quality vacation time with my family. I'm looking forward to it, but anxious to get writing After Dawn and the yet-to-be named Bloody Little Secrets sequel! I'll be a busy girl in July and August, so I'm planning to relax now! Stay tuned for updates in July on writing progress of both books and the title and cover and title of BLS 2.

Hope you all have a Happy 4th!!!

XOXOXO


Karly

Monday, June 11, 2012

Indie Author Giveaway Hop! June 13-19!!!


Thanks for stopping by on this special blog hop! Today we're celebrating Indie Authors, of which I am one. Indie, epub, self-pub, whatever you want to call us, we're a hard-working group of people who pride ourselves on telling great stories!

I've got some great giveaways for you, I'm going to focus on Indie Series, and I'm giving away ebooks that are the series openers for my fantastic Indelible sisters (learn more about the best-selling and award-winning Indelibles HERE).

In addition, everyone stopping by gets a free copy of the first book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy.


You can download your free copy of Into the Shadows from the following sites:

Apple: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-shadows/id429823958?mt=11
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27298
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Into-Shadows-Book-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00480OJR8/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2


The second book in the trilogy, Darkness Rising, is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.


Enter to Win the Ebook Prize Packs Below!
In order to enter, all you have to do is leave your email address in the comments. If you'd like to follow my blog or my Facebook page , but it's not required!

Prize Pack 1


Watched by Cindy M. Hogan
Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon
Sleepers by Megg Jensen


Prize Pack 2

Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Clockwise by Elle Strauss
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn


Prize Pack 3



The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching
How To Date An Alien by Magan Vernon
Loramendi's Story by Angela Carlie


I'm off to Germany and I'll be back in the states June 20th so winners will be notified that week! Good luck! And be sure to hit up the other stops on the Indie Author Blog Hop, sponsored by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Krazy Book Lady!



Friday, June 8, 2012

Into the Shadows Book 3 Cover and Title Reveal!!!

This is it. The finale. The end. I'm happy to say I've already started the book (about 5,000 words in) and will spend the summer writing both this and Bloody Little Secrets Book 2 (look for that cover/title announcement later this summer!). It was amazing luck to find a model who had three different colors of hair, and many thanks to the wonderful Robin Ludwig for tying the series together visually. 

Behold...AFTER DAWN!!!



My hope is to deliver After Dawn to you sometime this fall. I'm doing a little traveling in the month of June, to Germany and Italy, but After Dawn will be coming with! Today is the last day of school as well, so let the writing madness begin!

(Want to start the series? Pick up Into the Shadows FREE at Smashwords and Apple!)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Darkness Rising, Book Two of the Into the Shadows Trilogy - NOW Available!

It's finally, finally here! You can now pick up Darkness Rising at the following ebook retailers!

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Rising-Shadows-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0088FYLTA/ref=sr_1_12?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1338821262&sr=1-12

Also available at Amazon UK, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany!

Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/darkness-rising-karly-kirkpatrick/1111385084?ean=2940014743761

Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/168570

***Please note, it has been sent to Apple, I'll post a link as soon as it posts there!***

Also, if you haven't read Into the Shadows, pick up a free copy at the following locations:

Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27298

Apple:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-shadows/id429823958?mt=11

Hopefully it'll be free on Amazon, too!

Happy reading!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Indelibles Beach Bash Blog Hop!




Welcome to the Indelibles Beach Bash blog hop! We want to get your ereaders and beach bags ready for summer with a fantastic new BOOK, or many new books. And if you're lucky, a brand new ereader, either a Kindle or a Nook. But be sure to stop by all the sites and find the secret words so you can enter!

For stopping by my blog, you can win your very own set of ebooks - the first two books in the Into the Shadows Trilogy! Read Into the Shadows now and I'll send you Darkness Rising as soon as it's ready! 

It's simple to enter - leave your name and an email address so I can contact you in the comments section. 
I will pick THREE winners! 


Paivi Anderson has it all—friends, a spot on the varsity basketball team, wonderful parents, and quite possibly, her first boyfriend. It was everything a freshman in high school could ask for. Her perfect life begins to crumble when she discovers her name on a list distributed by a power-hungry presidential candidate. How could anyone think of Paivi as an Enemy of the State? Could it be because of her special powers? No one was supposed to know about them, but the mysterious messages in her tater tots say otherwise. In INTO THE SHADOWS, Paivi quickly learns who her friends are and is forced into a reality she didn’t see coming.

Available now at all major ebook retailers!





Branded as an Enemy of the State, Paivi Anderson left everything behind to start a new life. Torn from her parents and now a fugitive from justice, along with her brother, Torsten, and former frenemy Christian, she is desperate to save her family and escape her country's tyrannical rule . But in order to outsmart the Anti-Terrorism Coalition, she'll need to learn to control her powers. When Paivi discovers the true meaning of the EOS list, she realizes that she may end up saving much more than just her parents.


Coming mid-June to all major ebook retailers!











 Thanks again for stopping by my blog and participating in the Beach Bash!

Hop on over to the next location, Laura Pauling's blog!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I spent a lot of summers at race tracks as a kid, so this book is right up my alley! I thought I would share it with you as well, it's from one of my fellow Indelibles, Lisa Nowak! Congrats on the new release, Lisa, and readers, add this one to your TBR pile!



The last thing on 16-year-old Jess DeLand's wish list is a boyfriend. She'd have to be crazy to think any guy would look twice at her. Besides, there are more important things to hope for, like a job working on cars and an end to her mom's drinking. Foster care is a constant threat, and Jess is willing to sacrifice anything to stay out of the system. When luck hands her the chance to work on a race car, she finds herself rushing full throttle into a world of opportunities-including a boy who doesn't mind the grease under her fingernails. The question is, can a girl who keeps herself locked up tighter than Richard Petty's racing secrets open up enough to risk friendship and her first romance?
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"The first romance is captured beautifully-just the right combination of natural and awkward, of eager and scared."
~ Bob Martin, writing professor, Pacific Northwest College of Art
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In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron. Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she'd use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.