Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Okay, so I decided to just go for it and I downloaded one of Lorelei James' Rough Riders novels to my Kindle. If you all remember, I made a post last week about how I was interested in her work because I've heard good things about her. The only thing that was making me nervous was all the warning messages underneath the synopsis. I will admit that I had the mindset of, "How bad can it be, really?" All I can say is, "Oh...my...God." Um...yeah...I think my jaw fell open in disbelief a few pages in and stayed that way until I decided that enough was enough. I got through 3 chapters and had to put it down, lol. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to post negative comments about her work. She is a very good writer and she is definitley talented...but it just was a little too graphic for my liking. I really wanted to give it a chance, so I briefly skimmed some of the pages further in looking for some sort of love story and it looks like there is...but there is also a lot more graphic, kinky sex. I just can't get past those parts to find out what the love story is. Not my kind of novel at all. Word of advice to anyone interested in reading her work...
Take those warning messages seriously people and be prepared for your jaw to drop, lol.
Friday, January 27, 2012
So let’s start this thing off with one of my favorite country love songs, “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” by Billy Currington. I love this song and I love the music video! This has to rank up there with every woman’s fantasy. Great love song? Check. Tropical setting? Check. Good looking guy without his shirt on? Check:) Seriously, what more could you ask for? Sigh. Enjoy:)
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Hello everyone! I know you were probably thinking I fell off the face of the Earth, lol. No new blog post in a week? Who does that?
Things here have been pretty good lately. My book is still doing well on Amazon and I even received some more really nice reviews (both on Amazon and on Goodreads). I’ve been working on my next book in my spare time and I thought it was almost ready for editing but I have decided to rearrange some scenes and add some things. I was hoping to have this one out by summer at the latest but now I’m thinking it will be more towards the end of the year. Oh, and I was contacted by my local newspaper and they are interested in doing a feature on me and my book. I thought that was pretty neat:)
Other than that life has been pretty normal. My husband and I got some much needed couple time this weekend, which was a blast. We went to a Karaoke night, and before you ask…no we did not sing, lol. However, we did cheer our good friend on and she was amazing! We also played a new game (well, new to us) called Balderdash! We had so much fun playing this game and I swear I was laughing so hard at one point that I couldn’t even breathe. I am definitely looking forward to playing it again, and maybe this time I’ll be a little more creative with my answers, lol. My husband looked at me at one point (as I was struggling to come up with an answer) and said, “You can write a full length fiction novel but you can’t come up with a one sentence movie synopsis?” It’s funny because it’s true:)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Okay, during this review you’ll probably notice that this is not going with the cowboy/western theme I seem to have with novels. And you’re right. This is nowhere near cowboy, at all. The only reason I read this book was because it was recommended to me by a fellow lover of romance novels. And although I was reluctant to read it (because there were no cowboys, lol) I did and I have to say that it was okay once I got into it. Here’s what it’s about:
Lily and Matt are getting married. This is their second attempt at a wedding seeing as Matt chickened out the first time and left Lily at the altar without so much as an explanation. But it seems that they are meant to be as Lily ever so kindly gives him a second chance. But on the eve of their wedding, Matt (the CEO of a computer software company) is kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned cabin. Lily, thinking Matt has once again made a fool of her, decides that enough is enough and wants nothing to do with him for the rest of her life. However, that is until Lily finds Matt’s dog Gracie just wandering around by herself (which is highly unusual seeing as Matt and Gracie were inseparable). Lily now realizes that something has happened to Matt and sets out on a journey with her best friend and a co-worker of Matt’s to find him before it’s too late. Lily also receives help from a pendant that she recently acquired from the old house she and Matt were to live in. The pendant (which she believes is just a normal necklace) has the ability to let her have visions and it’s these visions that help lead her to Matt.
It took me a really long time before I was able to really get into this. I went into it with the attitude that I wasn’t going to like it because it just wasn’t the type of romance novel I liked to read. And on a side note, if I were to categorize this novel I probably would call it more mystery/suspense rather than romance. For a good portion of the novel the couple aren't even together as Matt is locked away in an abandoned cabin and Lily is searching for him. There were a few times when I got bored and wanted to put it down, but I kept going. There were also some times when I got a little scared and wanted to hide the book somewhere, lol. There were a couple of parts when Lily bursts into the visions and it literally sent a chill over my entire body. But then again I am a scaredy cat and the littlest things can frighten the bejesus out of me:) If you enjoy thrill, suspense and a little paranormal activity then you’re sure to like this novel.
Monday, January 9, 2012
I’ve received quite a few reviews so far for my first novel When the Heart Falls. Some are good and... some are not so good.
If you by any chance haven’t seen some of the reviews, one of the main complaints is about the grammar. I am thoroughly embarrassed that these things went unnoticed before I uploaded my book to Amazon’s website. I am not completely uneducated about the uses of your/you’re and to/too, etc. But as some of you may know, when you are writing and are in the moment of a certain scene you tend to make some stupid grammar mistakes because you are trying to put your vision into words. As the author of the project, you read it over and over again which makes it hard to catch those kinds of errors because you are so involved in the work. I did have friends and family members read over it as well but unfortunately some errors still slipped through. Although I appreciate them doing that, I now realize that that was not the way to go. I know this doesn’t excuse the issue and I am deeply sorry that this happened. It also saddens me that this ruined the book for some people. I am working diligently to fix the problem and I assure you that I will do my best to make sure things like this will not happen in the future.
That being said I want to thank everyone who has downloaded a copy and I hope that you were able to enjoy the story (even with the grammar errors). When I decided to make this book available for download I never intended to put out a poorly edited piece of work. I do want to be taken seriously as a writer and I hope that this will not discourage you from reading any future novels I produce. Thank you all again for everything! Your support means so much to me:)
Friday, January 6, 2012
I also received some new reviews! Thank you to everyone who posted their honest opinions and I am thrilled that you enjoyed reading it!
Here's what people are saying:
Cojunk from Amazon gave it 5 Stars:
I really enjoyed this novel, couldn't put it down! It is an excellent first novel for Kimberly Lewis, and i look forward to reading more from her. Dylan and Misty are great together and it has such a fulfilling ending, that doesn't disappoint.
Mlyle from Amazon gave it 4 Stars:
I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was very interesting, and I found myself connecting to the characters. There are a few grammatical errors, but overall a great read. I will definitely be waiting to read the author's next book!
Piggirl from Goodreads gave it 4 Stars:
Predictable typical romance but loved it. Just enjoyable quick read!
Aimee from Goodreads.com gave it 3 Stars:
I really enjoyed the story here. Such a great love story with some mild peril and suspense. The writing was well done and it had a nice flow to it. I loved the western setting.
This book was filled with language though. Everything shy of the F word, multiple times.
There were sexual situations although it mostly happened behind closed doors.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
This is the only novel I have read (so far) of Ms. Miller’s, and I have to say that I’m looking forward to reading more. This, unlike the other novels I have reviewed so far, is a historical romance novel set in, you guessed it, the old west:) Here’s what it’s about:
Newly married Willow Gallagher loves and adores her new husband Gideon Marshall…most of the time. The other half of their time is spent bickering back and forth with each other due to both of their hot headedness and the fact that Gideon has been hired to bring in her famous outlaw brother Steven. And since Willow is the only one who has contact with him, well, she’s the perfect bait. As Gideon plays the part of loving husband, he can’t help but find himself actually falling in love with Willow. And Willow, desperately in love with Gideon, hides her true feelings as she knows that Gideon will leave her once he’s managed to capture her brother. Torn between the two men she loves most in this world, Willow must choose a side but no matter which side she chooses, it’s inevitable that she’ll be left with a broken heart.
Okay, so this book was very good if I so say so myself:) I really enjoy a good historical romance every once in a while because it really does transport you to a different time and place. I loved everything about this novel and the characters. I loved how Gideon had this hard exterior but wasn’t afraid to show a softer side when he was with Willow. And Willow truly earned the nickname “Hell Cat”. She is a real spitfire and one of those tough to tame types, but innocent at the same time. There was a part right in the beginning of the novel that had me laughing pretty good. It was right after she and Gideon kissed for the first time and she asks him, very seriously, “Can that make me pregnant?” Of course Gideon laughs and tells her no and she gets all mad and embarrassed, but it was just so cute and funny. There are more moments like that throughout the novel, and that mixed with the passion of the two characters is what makes this an awesome read.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Today has been such a crazy, wonderful, amazing day. It is the 2nd day of my books free promotion and over 24,000 people have now downloaded it. Ah! 24,000 people have read my book in the US alone. I'm just baffled right now because I never, ever, ever expected this. I hope that everyone who has downloaded it so far is enjoying reading it. And I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record here but I can't thank you all enough. I swear if I were the crying type I'd be weeping tears of joy, lol.
I also received two more reviews on my books amazon page, a 2 star and a 5 star. Now, I know most authors wouldn't even mention a 2 star review, but, I appreciate that reader taking the time to read my novel and providing me with constructive criticism. And I was completely shocked when I saw that new 5 star review! Thank you very much Michele Broczkowski! I am so happy that you liked it that much that you stayed up all night reading it:) And just to let you know, my next novel is in the works.
Staying on the lines of good and exciting news....I received my first e-mail tonight from a reader. So excited about that:) Thanks again Kari for your wonderful comments about my book!
So, as you can see, I'm on cloud nine right now:) It's getting late and I am about to head off to bed...but before I do I'd like to share this with you. Since I had such an awesome day, my husband and I decided to celebrate with a fancy dinner.........Chinese take out, lol. And when I opened my fortune cookie this is what it said:
"The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms"