Happy New Year! 2016 Goal Planning

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Writing Goals

So, 2015 has been an interesting year. I've had some wonderful highs and some pretty spectacular lows, but my writing life has held steady for me this year as I keep moving forward with all my projects. Each time I feel frustrated, I remind myself that I am in this for the long haul. Y'all aren't getting rid of me any time soon. I have a whole cast of characters in my head clamoring to be heard. They are pretty annoying, really. So let's take a look at who will get out of the gate in 2016.

Writing to do list:

January: Current WIP: Editing Highland Blood for February Release (pre-order available now. Everyone say a prayer with me that I make deadline)

Feb/March - Writing project for a box set (and top secret steampunk, not Lily, project)

April-June - Work on The Torn World (looking at a July pub on the LAST book in The Harvesting Series)

July-August - Work on Chasing the Fog (looking to pub the LAST Airship Racing Chronicles book in October). I think I am, finally, emotionally ready to revisit Lily and close the lid on that series. I set her aside for the summer so I can focus on completing her story the way it deserves.

Fall 2016 - Highland Queen - I expect this will be the most difficult book to finish in 2016. The current beats need fixed and I need to fill in a lot of holes. Per usual, the Bard's girl is giving me fits

Other projects:

I also have covers for 6 other books. Yes, 6.

What are they? Well...I have 3 "top secret" steampunk books I want to write, a contemporary romance series (you'll dig it, I promise) I've got the first cover for, something fey, and the cover for Imogen, the follow-up to Ink. Will I get to these in 2016? I hope!

Above all, I want to finish my three series in 2016 so next year at this time I have a blank slate. I have several stand-alone novels begging for attention and this bossy heroine in a future New Orleans who is getting pretty mean about the work she wants done. She's kinda scary...in a good way. I need to write faster. In 2015, I curated and formatted 2 collections on behalf of my imprint and wrote just shy of 200,000 words while also working a full-time job, a part-time job, and I have two small children. I still think I can do better.

Looking forward to what the new year brings!

Thanks to all my readers for being there for me this year. I love and appreciate each and every one of you!

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Last Chance Sale! Mermaids & Witches just 99 cents this week only!

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Witching Hour Collection & The Falling in Deep Collection just 99 cents each this week only!

We've come to the end of 2015. This means the witch and mermaid collecitons are about to sail away! We will be unpublishing The Witching Hour Collection & The Falling in Deep Collection at the end of the week. 

In the meantime, we've put both collections on sale for just 99 cents each this week only!

The Falling in Deep Collection contains over 900 pages of mermaid tales! The Witching Hour Collection weighed in with 10 witch novellas and over 400k words!

Last Chance!

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Cover Reveal: Highland Blood, The Celtic Blood Series II

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hi everyone,

I'm really excited to share this beautiful new cover by Damonza for Highland Blood, The Celtic Blood Series II. This is the second novel in this series, which was formerlly titled The Saga of Lady Macbeth. We did a little rebranding on the series and I love the new look. Book II picks up right where Book 1 left off. Corbie has just left the enchanted world of Ynes Verleath and believes she's on her way to reunite with Banquo. Since this novel is based on a Shakespeare play, I'm sure you won't be too surprised when things don't go as planned. 

Here is a description for Book II:

Scotland, 1032—When a marriage contract calls Gruoch away from Ynes Verleath, she leaves with the hope she'll be reunited with Banquo. But fate has different plans. Lies, betrayal, and violence await her. Set on a collision course with destiny, Gruoch soon finds herself thrust into the arms of another man. Her dreams shattered and rattled by unexpected brutality, it becomes more than Gruoch can handle. The raven, however, is no stranger to carnage. Fierce power grows inside Gruoch, and more than anything, it craves bloody revenge. 

Fans of Outlander and The Mists of Avalon will relish this sweeping Scottish Historical Fantasy that tells the tale of Gruoch, a woman struggling to escape her fate without blood on her hands. 

Continue the Celtic Blood Series with Book II, Highland Blood.

Progress notes...

I am knee deep in edits on this novel right now, but it will release in February and is available for pre-order on Amazon. Per her usual self, Corbie is giving me all kinds of trouble. I'm pretty sure she wants me to rewrite this novel the way she wants it. That said, I've let her win on one point which I'll cover in the author's note in this books. Let's see who wins in the end :)

If you are new to the series, you can find Highland Raven, the first book in this series that chronicles the life of the woman who will one day become Lady Macbeth, here:

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Witch Wood on Audiobook!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Just a little update to share that Witch Wood is now available on audiobook! 

If you've been listening to the series on audio, you'll be excited to hear (ha!) that Kristin James and I are back for the 4th book in The Harvesting series on Audible. In case you missed Witch Wood, here is the novella description:

Harm none, and be ready for zombies.
In the little town of Brighton, Amelia's practice of Wicca has always marked her as odd. But Amelia can't change what she is. Knowing how to see auras, heal, and create spells comes naturally to her. Only Madame Knightly, the ancient matriarch and owner of Witch Wood Estate to whom Amelia plays caretaker, doesn't seem to mind her conjoining. In fact, the crumbling old mansion is full oddities.
When modern treatments fail to make a dent in the flu outbreak sweeping the globe, those who once ridiculed her white witchcraft turn to Amelia for help. While her eucalyptus tinctures prove no more effective than Western medicine, her spell-casting is another matter. The residents of Brighton soon depend on the very magic they once ridiculed to save their lives.

You can find Witch Wood on Amazon here:

Or on Audible here:

If you are one of my Audiobook Blast reviewers or a blogger and would like a review copy, email me at karsakmelanie@gmail.com

If you are new to audiobooks, here is a great deal (*please note this is an affiliate link and I get a little kick-back if you use it). I have a monthly audible subscription and I LOOOOVE it. 

Happy listening!

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Christmas Treats Giveaway Hop! Win $10 Amazon Cash!

Friday, December 18, 2015

I love this time of year! For my day job, I'm a professor at a local college. That means, at this time of year, I'm on break! Usually that means epic binge reading and TV watching! Right now I'm powering through Chanda Hahn's and Marissa Meyer's series. Love them both. About to start my binge of Vikings. As someone who writes about vikings, I should have started watching this series long back. This season, for many of us, is all about the BINGE. We binge on food, drink, and items. We also binge on time with friends, family, and many of us donate to charity at this time of year. It's fun to binge on all the really great things.

Let's make sure you have some extra spending money to binge as you like as well. How does $10 Amazon cash sound?

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Dragon's Heir by Kandi Wyatt & Giveaway!

Dragon's Heir 

Dragon's Heir by Kandi J. Wyatt In the ten winters since Kyanos was defeated, Rider Braidyn and his dragon, Turqueso, have made a place for themselves in the sleepy Boeskay colony. But when two nestlings are stolen from the hatchling cave, Braidyn’s sense of justice leads him on a quest to find the person responsible. After recovering one nestling, Braidyn recruits his old friends Ruskya and Carryl to help. The friends travel to a faraway desert colony where they find a group of riders with different customs, and meet a beautiful young woman who could be the key to finding the missing nestling. Can Braidyn learn to temper justice with mercy, or will he risk losing everything? Journey along in this exciting fantasy world in the spellbinding second installment of the Dragon Courage series, Dragon’s Heir, by Kandi J Wyatt.

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Excerpt Two hands gently lifted the hood off to reveal a beautiful young woman with almost black eyes. Her hands shook slightly as she let the hood fall back to reveal long, black locks of hair that cascaded down her back. The deed was done. She couldn’t go back on her decision now. It was out of her hands. Her father would have to accept her now. Even if he went back on his word again, she could provide the family with another dragon. She closed her eyes and imagined the look of surprise on his face. “Daughter, how did you do this?” he would say. She would reply, “It was simple really, Ahbah.” With amazement in his eyes, her father would take her and accept her as part of the clan. No longer would she be an outcast; she would truly be an Agamid.

  add to goodreads   KandiAuthor Kandi J. Wyatt Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.”  


  $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 12/29/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

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Best of 2015 Giveaway Hop: Win the audiobook of your choice!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

How can 2015 be over already! Wow. I just can't believe where the time went.

So I just checked my audible app and it looks like I listened to more than 20 audiobooks in the last 6 months. That's a lot of listening hours. 

I love my audiobooks and for this giveaway, I will gift you the audiobook of your choice from Audible (ANY BOOK). Audible is an Amazon company, and I can gift you anything in their store: http://www.audible.com/

I have a few fun zombie suggestions for you. My series, The Harvesting, is also on audiobook. The winner will also receive a copy of the first novel in my series on audiobook!

There are a number of other great female zombie authors you should also get to know. Here are a few I love!

Odium Audiobook

100 Days in Deadland Audiobook

Reign of Blood Audiobook

Giveaway (enter & automatically get a FREE ebook!):

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Cover Reveal: United Trilogy, United, Book 1 by Jaci Wheeler

Thursday, December 3, 2015

United (The United Trilogy #1)
Release Date: January 19th 2015
Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

United America runs like a machine. Everyone has a job and a purpose to make the country run smooth and efficiently. Nothing is left up to chance. The people are under constant monitoring for the good of the Country. After careful consideration every citizen is given their career at the age of sixteen. "Rosaline, come now!" ordered President Vaughn. Sixteen-year-old Rosaline Thatcher got up from her seat among her classmates and walked toward the stage. The sound of her blood pumping resounded deeply in her ears and, perhaps for the first time in her life, a reminder to breathe was necessary. All eyes were on her. She knew this day was coming, the day when she would be asked to serve her country in the career path chosen for her, but as she moved closer to the stage with President Vaughn and further away from her parents and dearest friends, she wondered why she was being singled out. What future lies ahead for Rosaline? In a country where citizens blindly follow the rules, what will happen when one girl dares to defy them, and what does that mean for United America?

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