Mid-Month News

Personal Anecdotes:
Usually April brings warmer temperatures and the start of spring. However, winter decided to return for another visit. And then another visit. When I lived in South Korea, they’d say, ‘winter is fighting with spring.’ Honestly, I don’t think winter is fighting. It’s down right acting like the house guest who refuses to leave. 

Twilight’s Spy:
And I am please to announce that Twilight’s Spy, book 1.5 in the Twilight Realm Series is in the final editing stages. I plan for that book to go live at the end of June. So pre-order your copy of Twilight’s Spy today! Pre-order

And here’s a little sneak peek at the awesome cover: 

A Free Gift:
As promised, this email has a free gift: Just. For. You. Over the last few months, I’ve shared short stories on my webpage and they have been well enjoyed, which is always a huge gift to writers. So as a Thank You, here is a downloadable version of the short stories. Please follow the link below. You will have to leave your email address, but don’t worry about it. You’ve already signed up for my newsletter, so it won’t make a difference. (It’s just easier in setting up the gifting option.)

YES FREE BOOK
(If you have any issues, let me know.)

Thanks for reading and being a part of the community. Enjoy the gift and we’ll chat again soon in June. 

As always, stay connected by sending an email. It’s always great to hear from you. 

Wishing you the very best!
K. M. Wray

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Mid-Month News!

Welcome! Adventure Seekers

News:
Hey Community! I hope your April is going well. How is spring (for us in the northern hemisphere)? And fall (for those in the southern hemisphere)?

Alright, here’s the news: The Original will be on sale for .99cents on Amazon until the end of the month, so grab your copy now! And pass this amazing news along to fans of urban fantasy, shifters and vampires.

The second exciting bit of news is a compilation of the short stories I’ve posted on my webpage. Right now they are with my editor, but soon you will receive a FREE copy. More news on this with my May newsletter, but I want you to be a part of this process.

So keep reading! 

Survey:
A survey! Like them? Love them? Hate them? 

No worries. Hopefully this one’s a bit of fun. The survey is six questions and will take you about two minutes to complete. In this survey, you’ll help select the best cover for the collection of short stories. I’ve decided to call the collection: Trouble with Magic

You can check out the survey here: Survey. Thanks for your participation, and I look forward to seeing the results

Giveaways:
And since we missed out with the April newsletter, here are the books on sale and free books (for newsletter signups). 

Sales:
Epic Fantasy
Urban Fantasy (Available April 22nd – 27th) 

Free (newsletter signups):
Touch of Magic

Thanks for reading and being a part of the community. My next letter will be out in May. Stay connected by sending an email. It’s always great to hear from you. 

Wishing you the very best!
K. M. Wray
 

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April News!

Welcome! Adventure Seekers

Personal Anecdotes:
Well March was interesting! It was bitterly cold since the ground hog (February second) predicted six additional weeks of winter. And then the melting started. Remember the mounds of snow in my previous newsletter? It’s been a bit of a sloppy mess, but oh the warmer weather is so welcome. (Love watching the kids in their splash-able onesies.)

There were a few other unexpected occurrences this month: my mom’s husband was rushed to the hospital with a heart attack, so she needed extra help. Thankfully, Peter is home and well into recovery. There also doesn’t seem to be any long-term damage. We are thankful. And my car has been making some strange noises for a while. I mentioned it to my mechanic (a while ago) but nothing was done. Well, it appears that the top part of the engine wasn’t getting any oil, so guess what?! It needed to be re-built. Thankfully, the parts came in and and everything was covered by insurance.

This past month has felt like a bit of a roller coaster with bad news then good news then bad news then good news. Perhaps the biggest take-away is staying positive and finding the good in everything. My family has been so supportive and all the extra home time has given me more writing time. 

Writing Stuff:
Last month, I also contacted a number of you for feedback. You are the community members who opted for, The English Teacher’s Diaries, when signing up for my newsletter. Thanks for the feedback! It sounds like the book was a hit except that the English teacher forgot to check all her grammar errors. (LOL) No worries. The grammar is the last step before publishing. Anyway, the book did get a clean-up and I entered it in a contest, so a few exciting ideas are percolating regarding release of this series, but more on that in future newsletters. 

Team Building:
Alright community of amazing individuals! This past month I’ve been planning on making some changes and you are needed and invited to join in. This is completely voluntary and only interested individuals need apply. If you’re content being a less active member of the community, no worries, you are still most welcome. 

However, every author needs a few more involved members on their team, so I’m looking for Beta readers and ARC readers. Each of these roles are completely voluntary and require you to help within a specified timeframe. Keep reading to find out: 

Beta Team:
For Beta readers, you would be given a book and then required to respond with suggestions for improvement and edits needed to the manuscript. (Not the same as professional editing, but some people do have the magical ability to catch everything.) NOTE, the early edition of the book you receive will have errors. If you love to pick out the grammar and technical issues, or point out where the plot has problems, then this role welcomes you. You can also provide a review for Amazon and / or Goodreads regarding the final version. (Preferably positive and honest =3 stars or higher) (If you have absolutely nothing good to say about the book, send me an email and let me know that you won’t post a review. There are others who will like it.)

ARC Team:
For ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) readers, you would receive a copy of a book one month before the release date. This will most likely be the almost final version of the book (depending on editing). On release day (or within a few days after release), you would need to write and leave a review on Amazon and / or Goodreads (preferably positive and honest =3 stars or higher). (If you have absolutely nothing good to say about the book, send me an email and let me know that you won’t post a review. There are others who will like it.)

Now, please know that I do respect that life happens, so if you are unable to provide feedback (Beta readers) or an immediate review (Beta and ARC), then I do understand. In these circumstances, please send me a quick email so I’m aware.  

Community:
One other thing about our amazing community is there are members who’d love to buy my books but are unable to because I’m exclusive to Amazon. I’m hoping to expand but KU is very helpful for new authors and Amazon requires exclusivity if using KU. Therefore, I will create a Patreon account. Patreon is essentially becoming a patron of my work. There are different levels and amounts of support you can give for different purposes. Patrons can provide regular financial support or support for each book release. The support cost will be similar to the price of the book. The benefits: you receive all my books before release date in the format you like. For me: I get 95% of the sales (Amazon is 35% or 70% depending on book price). Please note that I’m not asking anyone to become a patron, I’m only offering it as an alternative means of purchase. I will let you know when the account is set up and running. 

Please send an email to me if you’d like to join one of these teams and regarding your preference of involvement (Beta Team, ARC Team, or Patreon), so I can email you and your team directly. If you’re curious and would like more information, then please send an email and let’s chat. Thank you so much for your consideration and involvement!

Short Stories:
Head on over to  my webpage and check out this month’s story:

Magic Lessons This story is part of The Original and takes place in September when Brie returns home. The elders have talked her into working with the teens and their magic. As a doctor, teaching doesn’t come naturally to her. New teacher. Teens with magic. What could possibly go wrong?

By the way, are you enjoying these companion short stories? Send an email and let me know. OR leave a like and a comment on my webpage. I won’t post the comments, but knowing your preferences is helpful. Especially if you’d like more.

Thanks for reading and being a part of the community. My next letter will be out in May. Stay connected by sending an email. It’s always great to hear from you. 

Wishing you the very best!
K. M. Wray

Psst! You’ll be hearing from me again later this month (around April 20th). You won’t want to miss this post!

March Newsletter

Welcome! Adventure Seeker

I’ve given up! Sort of…. not really, but the snow fall records in the city where I live are leaning towards ridiculous. There’s just nowhere else to put the white fluff. The four steps leading to my front door are surpassed by the mounds. The snow lining my sidewalk and parking pad are taller than me! (I’m 5 feet 2 inches or 157 centimeters). And so this past week when shoveling, I had to jump to throw the snow over the frozen hills on my property. Good times!

But I haven’t really given up. I’m having fun because all this reminds me of my childhood and the joy winter brought. Fun Fact: the children of this winter can one day truthfully say, ‘I walked to school in 6 feet / 2 meters of snow in -40 degrees during a pandemic!” when their kids complain about winter or having to walk through snow. 

On the writing front, Twilight’s Spy (book 1.5) and Twilight’s Princess (book 2) in the Twilight Realm series are moving along nicely towards the expected spring release dates. The third book in the series, should be ready by the fall. The first draft is written but needs a lot of re-working before sending it to the editor. I’m also working on more books in The Original series and am planning to start writing them soon though they most likely won’t be released until 2023. But one never knows, schedules are always being interrupted and changed. The exciting news is more of what you love is coming soon!

Short Stories:
Check out this month’s story:

Sparks Fly This story is part of Hidden though it takes place after the book is finished with the shy and sweet niece of Declan. All Riley wants to do is bake a cake but something unexpected destroys her kitchen. 

Book Sales and Freebies:
Here are this month’s Sales and Freebies (for newsletter sign-ups). Check them out, come back for more and feel free to share the links. The participating authors and I will love you even more for spreading our books around!

Sales:
Too Good to Miss
Fae Fantasy Romance
Portal to Fantasy Presents

Freebies (Newsletter sign-ups):
Portal to Fantasy Presents
Free Sci-Fi and Fantasy

I hope you find some great reads and some amazing new authors to connect with! 

Check Them Out:
(ALL available on KU)

Hidden A story of discovery filled with a complex cast of friends and family who support Tully on her journey. The plot and world-building are expertly woven together. The world itself has multiple cultures and traditions that are intricate and well thought-out yet flow seamlessly with the narrative.

Twilight’s Curse Book one in the Twilight Realm trilogy. A spell binding young adult fantasy adventure novel filled with elves, dragons, magic, action, drama, and battle scenes. It embraces the meaning of power and magic held in an enchanting elven realm. The well-written story is uniquely captivating with strong world building, and characters that come to life.

The Original A new adult urban fantasy. A fast-paced read full of vampires, unicorn shifters and magic.

Happy New Year!

2021 is over and 2022 is just starting! I can’t believe yet another year has passed. How did that happen so quickly?

What are some of your memorable moments from 2021?

For me, 2021 leaves me with mixed feelings. It was a hard year, but good. It felt like there was a lot of growth involved as it seemed like there was always something I had to make a decision about or change. I also found myself struggling with being thankful and positive, which is unusual as normally I see the best in situations. However, in reflection, there was a lot of good but it was just subdued and I think that’s why it was hard for me to spot. I am excited to see the progress I’ve made as an individual and as an author. At the start of 2021, I made the choice to put more effort into the publishing side of writing and it is thrilling to see that it was a profitable year. A very small profit but I still celebrate it because it is encouraging! The year also saw two more books published which I’m super excited about.

And now as I look forward to 2022, a part of me wonders if I’ve thought that far ahead. for the most part, I want to moving forward in my present writing goals. Books two and three in The Twilight Realm trilogy will be published later this year. Also I’m planning on adding a new section to the website that will have short stories. Check out the first one here!

An Invitation: This story takes place after Twilight’s Curse and before book two Twilight’s Child. It is told from Nix’s point of view. Let me know what you think!

So what do you expect from 2022? Do you have any goals? Or sometimes our plans are just for a better year, a better us. These goals are just as worthy!

If you’re looking for help with your journey to a new you, check out this book: Shadow Work. It is a reflective prompt journal that’s perfect for living your best life!

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New Release and Freebie!

After much waiting (on my part) I’m excited to announce that The Original has finally gone live on Amazon. It is available for the great price of $2.99 (U.S. dollars).

Book Blurb

Brie:
All I want is to get to grandmother’s house, heal her and find out what really happened the night my parents were killed.

But the elders refuse to let me leave the small town where our tribe lives. My magic is stronger than the rest of our people. This makes the elders protective. They believe there are monsters out there that hunt our kind. And if I leave, the monsters will find me and kill me like they did my parents. Myth and fairy tales if you ask me. And I’m tired of the stories.

So I make a plan. It’s a good plan. A simple plan. And then I meet him. And his kind.

I think I should have listened to the elders.

Colin:
Why should I care about weak pathetic humans? Yet I do.

It started the day I met the unicorn shifter centuries ago. She offered a chance to restore my humanity, but I wasn’t ready. Something happened to my blood thirst that day and I haven’t drunk from a human since.

And then today, Brie wanders into vampire territory. She’s more human than shifter with a flicker of magic. Such a disgrace to what her clan once was.

My cousin and his family thirst for her blood. My former lover clings to the hope of rekindling what we once were. And I’m stuck with this crazy compulsion to save Brie.

I shouldn’t care. But I do.

The Original a new adult urban fantasy. A fast-paced read full of vampires, a unicorn shifter, magic and a touch of clean romance.

And to celebrateHidden, will be offered as a free give-a-way from Thursday, December 23rd (TODAY) to Monday, December 27! FIVE DAYS. So snag your copy. If you’ve already bought a copy, then make sure to let others know who might like the book or a free gift. 

That’s all from me for now. I can’t wait to hear from you and what you think about this latest book. And don’t forget to leave an honest and positive review that’ll help sell more books!

Thanks for being an awesome community during 2021 and joining me this year for this adventure

Wishing you the best!
K. M. Wray 

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Book Review -Centaur of the Crime -Michael Angel

I’ve seen this book series for a while and it’s intrigued me, so I decided it was time to check it out. I started with the first book in the series because I wasn’t sure if I’d like it not.

The series interested because it has fantasy characters and a crime investigation. From the blurb and the picture, I thought it’d be Urban Fantasy where our world has fantasy creatures. However, it was a cross-over fantasy. The main character does work crime scenes but when a different realm needs her services, she’s pulled in to solve the case.

Overall, I really liked the story and the characters. They were a fun team and each character had it’s own personality. The story was procedural as the main character and her menagerie worked through the clues. It had a very who dun’ it or cozy mystery feel to it. The only thing I wasn’t fully satisfied with was the pacing. It did feel a bit slow at times which made it easy to put the book down. However, the story is interesting and the plot is well developed so my natural curiosity about the outcome encouraged me to continue.

I do think I’ll read more in the series though I’m not a huge fan of a crime investigation style so it might be a while before I get the next book. But it’s definitely made my ‘to be read’ pile.

Do you like crime fiction? Or cozy mysteries?

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Book Review: The Watcher Academy -S. K. Gregory

Okay, I confess that I purchased this book simply because of the cover. The image made me smile and I thought the book would be humorous. The blurb sounded interesting and… was I disappointed?

Yes and no. The story was amusing and the character was a bit charming. There were really enjoyable elements and the ending wasn’t quite what I expected. I don’t want to give anything away, but I finished with, ‘not how I thought things would finish.’ And this was a disappointment. The book did have a satisfying conclusion, but you know there’s more to the story, so it naturally leads to the next in the series. However, the book does not have a cliff hanger. (I really don’t like those because it feels like lazy writing to me. Not a criticism to the author, but because a cliff hanger is a ply to make the reader buy the next book. This doesn’t work on me.) So back to The Watcher Academy. I found the main character a bit intriguing and the relationships she’s building a nice feature.

I was disappointed by some aspects of the writing where it felt like the story could have been developed more. The relationship the main character has with her roommate doesn’t really have a purpose. The two don’t get along, but there’s no connection to the overall story. There were a few other relationships the main character has where I wondered, what’s the purpose of this and had hoped the author would have developed them more. The book is the first in a series, so perhaps there will be development, but it’s hard to tell. I’m considering reading the next book to find out, so I’ll keep you posted if I do.

What makes a book good in your opinion?

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Freebies and Sales!

Greetings fellow adventurers! We are bound by our common love of a good book, and as you know, I often give book reviews or make you aware of discounted books, sales etc. Something new I’ll be adding to my blog is Freebies and Sales!

To clarify, Freebies are books (ebooks) gifted by authors for newsletter sign-ups. Sales are ebooks authors are advertising. Some are on sale and some are at their regular price. So check out the links below and the amazing offers available. Feel free to return for more or share the links to fellow book lovers!

Sales

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Sale

Let Your Imagination Soar

YA High Fantasy Book Fair

December Book Review

Portal to Fantasy -December Book Fest

Freebies (newsletter sign-ups)

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Giveaway

Fantastic Realms Free Fantasy Reads

Fantastic Reads

December Fantasy & Magic

Give a Gift of Fantasy and Science Fiction ebooks

Free Urban Fantasy

Free Urban Fantasy

Fantasy Magic for Kids and Teens

Urban Fantasy Freebies

NOTE: Yes, two have the same title

Let me know what you think of the reads. Did you find a new favorite author? What are some of your favorite reads or styles of books?

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Story Telling

So when a writer sits down to pen a tale, do they intentionally try to teach a lesson? That’s a great question and I’ve noticed that some people seem to think this. I think this reflects the power of a good story.

As an author, I can honestly say that I’ve never written a story to ‘teach a lesson’ rather, it is the character’s story and their struggle that creates the character arc that drives the narrative. In Breaking Enchantments, Erin had to come to terms with her identity as being Korean -Canadian and be at peace with her Korean side. For Tully in Hidden, as she learned the truth about the past, she had a choice to choose differently and not follow social norms. And Zoe in Twilight’s Curse had to forgive so that her magic would no longer be fractured.

When I sit down and feel inspired, I question the inspiration. And with those answers, the main character’s story begins to form. A writer get immersed in their character and this journey needs to be developed so the reader is satisfied and doesn’t feel cheated in the journey. And when a reader also feels that they are on the journey with the main character to the point that they learn the lesson. As an author, that is a breath taking moment. For a reader to connect that strongly with the character is powerful and amazing.

What’s a story or who’s a character you’ve connected deeply with?

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