Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Are Virgins the New Vampires?

Hey guys!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support yesterday. I'd been so down for so long, it was a relief to get it out of my head, and your kind words made all the difference. Your comments shifted me right out of my misery, and I am just about raring to get moving again!

Before you all think I totally forgot, it's time for me to announce the winner of the Letting Go Bloghop! Every single entry was superb, and I had such a hard time choosing a winner, I just gave the entries to my mum to read lol! Bless her, she sat down yesterday afternoon and read every single one. She was just as impressed as I was but after much deliberation, she picked her winner so ... everyone please give a huge congratulations to Scribbles From Jenn! I will be in touch very soon about your prize! Thanks to everyone who participated - you were all amazing!

And now, it's time for that thing everyone is talking about! Yup, it's NaNo! It starts tomorrow and a huge spanner has been thrown in the works for me - and as such - I am once again seeking your advice.

Since Fifty Shades of Grey was released, not only has there been a surge in erotica, but also a surge in the number of books about virgins. Now, technically, these books may have always been there, but I am noticing them now, because virginity is the central theme of the story I was going to write for NaNo. With the popularity of Cora Carmack's "Losing It," and the upcoming release of "V is For Virgin" by Kelly Oram - I am wondering if maybe I need to change my idea. Mine is nothing like Fifty Shades, and not really like Losing It or V is for Virgin BUT, I'm kind of wondering how many more books about virgins will be flooding the market before I get mine ready. The suckier part of it is, I had the premise for this book years ago and never finished it - and I thought now might be the time. But I fear virgins are the new vampires - and I don't wanna just fall in line with the others. :S

So ... do I stick with my original plan, or come up with something new?

How are the rest of you prepared for NaNo? Ready to go, or flailing at the last minute? :D

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Where I've Been ... and stuff

This post comes with a warning - it isn't very fitting with my usual sunny vibe - but I'm hoping that taking the time to unload this crap from my head will help me feel better and back to normal in no time!

So, you may have noticed I've been ... not away, but not as present as usual. Last week, I turned 30. Yeah, I know, no big deal, right? And it's not, I am a firm believer that age is just a number. But saying goodbye to my twenties hit me pretty hard. I am feeling the first stirrings of failure because I can't afford to live alone, I don't have the things most other people my age have, and I'm not sure where it went wrong. What happened? How am I THAT girl? When I first read Bridget Jones' Diary, I thought it was the funniest thing ever - but now I am at that age ... well, it's not so funny lol.

Then there's the writing thing. I always wanted to write. I always WANT to write. But lately, I am plagued by this nagging doubt telling me I suck. My writing isn't good enough, my books are too short, or too long, the characters aren't believable, my endings are rubbish. Blah, blah, blah. I'm not really looking for sympathy here because I know that everyone reading this who is a writer has been in this position. They've felt the doubts, they've let it consume them for a while, they've felt the sting of a negative review, and drowned their sorrows with ice cream/cake/chocolate ... or something else equally as bad for the waistline. I know I can get out of this - I think it's coming to an end but the last few weeks have been rough.

On a less depressing note - the free promotion for If I Let You Go was excellent! Everyone loves a freebie, right? :D Thanks again to all of you who were involved in spreading the word - and if you were cool enough to download, I would really appreciate if you could leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads! <3 Another thing keeping me away from blogging is critiquing. I have read three kickass manuscripts lately, one of which recently got a request from an agent! Good luck, Abby! I feel kinda proud lol. I didn't write the book, but I love knowing that maybe, along with Abby's other CPs, I helped a little. The flipside of critiquing is that I feel slightly hypocritical. It's part of the whole "I suck" thing, but I think if any of these people read my comments, then read Game On, they'd laugh! I've learned a lot since July, maybe I need to re-edit Game On and take some of my own advice.

Slightly related, I've decided that I will take Game On off Smashwords and enroll it in KDP. The reason being, I've made something like 4 sales on Samashwords, as opposed to many, many, many more on Amazon. If I Let You Go did really well, so I might consider doing a free promo of Game On before I release Blindsided.

Aaand those of you who signed up for the Blindsided blog tour will start receiving your posts towards the end of this week. I need to get them done before NaNo starts - yeah, I'm cutting it a bit fine!

Okay, enough of my self-involved ramblings - if you've made it this far, have a cookie! <3 br="br">

Monday, 29 October 2012

Game On Book Trailer!

Howdy peeps!

I know most people make book trailers to promote their books pre-release, but I never really got around to it. Recently, though, I decided I'd have a crack at it!

My biggest problem was locating decent music for it - but you know what's awesome? Having friends who are musicians!

 Alberto Albis and Erin Alden are both supremely talented in their own right. Alberto is in an AMAZING band, and produces music for other artists, and Erin is a singer/songwriter/all round kickass chick! Having been friends for a long time, it was only natural that they teamed up to create Slow Motion Riot. After hearing their collaborations, I fell even more in love with these two musical geniuses, and was given permission to use one of their songs, Bullet Train, for my book trailer! *cue screams and happy dances* :D

So, here is my first ever book trailer for my first ever book - made with a little help from my friends ;)

Whaddya think?

Now - as Slow Motion Riot have been so kind as to let me use one of their tracks, I would love it if you'd show your appreciation by liking their respective Facebook pages, and if you want to hear more from them, you can find it here.
Finally, I know I have been a little MIA recently. I will be back very soon with a proper update about that, but for now, enjoy the video and the music - and feel free to show it some love on YouTube!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Spooktacular Blogfest!

 Happy Almost Halloween!

Today is the start of the awesome Spooktoberfest, hosted by Jackie and Dani! Let me tell ya, these ladies know how to host kickass blogfests, and this one is no exception! 

Here's the rules: 


1.  Your Flash Fiction piece cannot be any longer than 300 words. Sorry… that’s part of the challenge. It can be scary, comical, romantic, whatever you choose. Just be creative!
2.  You must use the MANDATORY 5 words listed below 
3.  Post your Flash Fiction piece on your blog anytime between ...
Friday Oct. 26 - Monday, Oct. 29th.  The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
4.  Follow Dani and myself if you don’t already. We will follow back.
5.  It’s a blog hop, so hop around to other participating blogs and leave some awesome comments when the stories are posted.
6.  Have fun!

Naomi took a deep breath, trying to calm herself. Entering a mirror maze alone at a Halloween party wasn’t the smartest thing she’d ever done, but her friends had dared her, and she never backed down from a dare. Inside the maze, cobwebs and Jack o’lanterns hung from the ceiling, reflecting in the glass, making her route to the exit even more impossible to figure out. Footsteps behind her only served to make her heart beat faster, and she broke into a cold sweat when a deep voice whispered her name in a chilling tone.

She knew it wasn’t her friends. They’d vowed it would be a girls only night, so who was following her? 

Maybe it’s a ghost.

She shrugged the thought off, though a ghost would have actually been preferable to the sound of footfall and heavy breathing that grew louder the longer she remained rooted to the spot.
Gathering as much strength as she could find, she ran. No idea which way to go, but desperately hoping the next corner would bring the cauldron sign signaling the way out into view. 

It didn’t come. The footsteps seemed to be gaining on her, and when she heard her name being whispered again, she screamed. A skull-crushing blow hit the back of her head, and something flew through the air, smashing the mirror in front of her. 

The last thing she saw was her horrified image in the razor sharp shattered glass of the mirror before she fell to the ground, the sound of a man’s laughter echoing in her mind. 

Follow the links above to check out the rest of the entries!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Spooktacular Blog Hop!

Happy Almost Halloween!

Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer is hosting the most enormous giveaway for Halloween! As you can see from the linky list below, there are absolutely masses of prizes up for grabs, so check out the links and see if you can win yourself a prize!

I am giving away one copy of Game On, so if you haven't got round to buying a copy yet - WHY NOT? :p LOL, just kidding! One lucky winner will receive a copy of my debut novel, and for those who are new to the blog, here is the synopsis:  

After swapping her small town life to work for one of the top soccer teams in the U.S, Leah Walker thought she could finally leave the ghosts of her past behind. However, when she meets serial womanizer, Radleigh McCoy, the memories of her old life come swarming back, and she is forced to ask herself whether she has really changed at all.

This contest is open internationally and runs from today, until November 1st. So, good luck everyone, and happy Halloween bloghopping! 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just a quick one!

Good morning, everyone!

I have another post scheduled shortly that I've had planned for a while, but I couldn't let the day go without saying THANK YOU to all of you for your support for If I Let You Go yesterday! If you downloaded, joined in with the bloghop, tweeted, Facebooked and anything else to help me out - I am SO grateful! I will do a proper post with details of how it all went soon - and let you know who the winner of the bloghop is - but for now - just ... thank you! XX

Monday, 22 October 2012

Letting Go Bloghop

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Letting Go bloghop, to celebrate the release of my novella, If I Let You Go! As an extra special gift, the novella is free today only on Amazon, so if you don't have a copy yet, check it out!

The rules:

Was there a time when you had to let go of someone or something? How did it make you feel? How did you handle it? Or if that's too personal - which I completely understand - how about writing a piece of flash fiction?
The only rules are - obviously - it has to be related to letting go, and please keep it to a maximum of 500 words.
When the day arrives, I will hop around to all the entries, along with my independent judge (otherwise known as "Mum" LOL), and the story that touches us the most will win a $10 Amazon gift card! 


Just for fun, here is my entry - a short piece of flash fiction I wrote a few years ago. :D

Brushing away a tear with the back of my hand, I listened to his shallow, hollow breathing and my heart ached with the weight of my grief. The man I loved was dying, and while I tried to keep a brave face on my agony, inside it was eating me up. So much, I felt like I was dying with him. Maybe I was. When the time came, I knew a big part of me would go with him. 

He’d been my everything since we were eighteen years old. Back then, when everything was easy and fun, we could never have known what was to come. That after just three years of marriage, he’d be diagnosed with a terminal illness, throwing life as we knew it into complete disarray. 

He fought hard. I’d seen him through tests, doctor appointments, treatment. And still the illness wouldn’t loosen its hold. It stayed, draining the life out of him, making all of our efforts pointless. 

His fingers twitched lightly in my hand, and my head jerked upwards to look at him. His eyes flickered briefly, before opening for the first time in what felt like forever. 

My heart beat faster, just as his was slowing down, and I stood up from my chair and sat beside him on the bed, wanting to be closer to him for the last few moments of his life. I carefully brushed his hair from his forehead and let my hand rest on his cheek. The corners of his mouth turned upwards into a tiny smile, and my tears began to fall as I tried to smile back at him.

“It’s time to go,” he said, in a low, raspy voice that sounded nothing like the way it should.

I nodded, trying not to choke on the lump on my throat. “I know, sweetheart. I know.”

“I love you,” he whispered, his eyes closing for the last time. 

“I love you too. Always have, always will.”

And I waited. Waited as the rise and fall of his chest slowed to a stop, his hand loosening in mine. 

With no-one around to stay strong for, I finally let go of all the pain and anger I’d held inside for so long. 

As the bright sunshine streamed in through the window, I rested my head on his chest and wept. 


Now it's your turn!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Did I Notice Your Book Bloghop

Good morning, and welcome to yet another fab bloghop, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Ciara Knight!

This hop is all about sharing the love for your fellow writers. Here are the rules:
Post about a book you’ve noticed.

You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.

Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex or Ciara Knight when the author finds their book.

Only two rules:
1) You can’t post about your own book.
2) The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list. This is your chance to shout out about a book that might not have been noticed by others.

Cool, huh? :D

I have noticed several excellent books recently, but this is my favourite:

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?

Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.

It's hard to explain all the things I loved about Michael Pierce's book, because there is so much. The creativity, the characters, the creep factor, the absolute genius of every word Mr. Gordon says. It's just brilliant.

You can find Provex City on Goodreads here. :D

And as always, make sure to hop around to the other participating blogs (follow the link to Alex's blog above!) and find yourself some cool new reads!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Blindsided Cover Reveal!

Hey everyone!

So, I figured with less than month to go before Blindsided is released - EEK - I should probably get the cover out there!

Synopsis:  After a successful first soccer season in L.A, Jesse Shaw heads to London with his best buddy, Hunter, but his world is turned upside down when a dangerous prank threatens his career and his blossoming relationship with Hunter’s cousin, Isabelle. 
Isabelle Mills lives in Notting Hill with her parents and her twin sister, Georgia. When she finds out her cousin is coming to stay, along with his famous soccer player friend, her first instinct is to hibernate until they’ve gone. However, once she meets Jesse, everything changes. He’s everything she ever wanted, but with so many obstacles in their path, can she really risk putting her heart on the line?


Now, I know it's a bit plain, but here's the thing, book covers in a series are supposed to match lol! Game On's cover was simple yet effective, so when it comes to the rest of the series, I realised that they are all going to have to be very simple too. I'm not crazy about the idea anymore, but I refuse to go through the chaos of changing the way the covers look again - it was hard enough the first time! Lesson learned, people. If you are self publishing a series, make sure you are absolutely, completely 100% sure about your choice before you start revealing covers!

The other thing I wanted to talk about is the huge differences between Game On and Blindsided. I know changing genres is a terrible idea within a series, but when I started Blindsided, it was more of a spinoff than a follow-on. However, with so many people falling in love with Jesse Shaw, I thought, "What the hell!" and included it in the series anyway! I don't know if this will be a disaster in the long-run, but the way I see it, Jesse is an important part of the story as a whole. What happens to him has a knock-on effect on other people in the story, so this book really does belong with the others. It's his age that really makes the difference. While Leah was in her twenties, Jesse just turned nineteen. Technically, it can still qualify as NA, but it's soft NA, more like YA in terms of its innocence. 

The other massive change from Game On, is that Blindsided is dual POV. Not only is it from Jesse's viewpoint, but also a new character, Isabelle. Again, this wasn't something I intended to do at first, but it became the obvious choice for me as I delved deeper into the story. It made sense to see both sides.

Very young NA, and dual POV is not something I intend to do again within the Game On series. I feel like I should be honest before I start trying to pimp the book out, because I don't want people to be disappointed with the books that follow. Readers asked me for more Jesse - so his story has been told - w00t!  But following on, the rest of the books will be more like the first. :D 

The Blindsided blog tour details will be coming your way very soon - I still have some work to do on it, but look out for some silly and fun contests heading your way as the tour gets closer! ;)  

ALSO, in case you haven't seen, I have prepared a Goodreads event for next Monday, to coincide with the Letting Go bloghop! If I Let You Go will be free all day on October 22nd, so mark your calendars if you haven't bought it yet! :D

P.S I have no idea why my font keeps changing! I guess it's to do with copying and pasting but ... GRR!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Cover Reveal: The Crimson Hunt by Victoria H Smith

 YAY! It's time for another cover reveal! Today, it's Victoria Smith's debut novel, The Crimson Hunt, which is due for release on November 12th! Victoria Smith is a hugely talented writer, and a flag-flyer for New Adult fiction! Let's take a look at her new book!
The Crimson Hunt (Eldaen Light Chronicles, #1) by: Victoria H. Smith
Release Date: November 12, 2012
Genre: New Adult Science Fiction Romance

Book Description:

College junior Ariel Richmond is working on year three of Project Normalcy.

Her house reeks of keggers past and her bestie is just a slight bit vulgar. But the thing is—they both aid in making life refreshingly uneventful.

So much for hard-earned mediocrity when Luca Grinaldi appears on the scene.

Luca’s sudden presence on campus is hard to ignore. Those bright eyes act like a beacon to unsuspecting females, and with features like his, he’s got to be moonlighting for GQ. Luca hopelessly captivates Ariel with his confidence and charisma, but the mysteries surrounding him make him nearly untouchable. And just when Ariel grows close enough to unlock his secrets, a tragic event sends her life in a downward spiral.

That steady life is no longer an option and allies quickly become scarce. The mysterious Luca seems to be the only one willing to help her—but with that trust comes the burden of his secrets. He has a dark mission of otherworldly proportions, and is willing to sacrifice as many lives as it takes to see it completed.

Gone are the days of simply maintaining normalcy, and if Ariel isn’t cautious with her trust, so soon may be her future.

About the Author:

Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes. 

Victoria H. Smith Links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Friday, 12 October 2012

Updates and Stuff

Yeah, not the most imaginative title ever, but, it's been a long week!

First of all, thanks to all of you who left your thoughts on my last blog post about what makes you dislike a book. I haven't replied to the comments yet, but I found your answers really interesting, and I will reply to them as soon as possible!

Next, the beautiful Clare Dugmore wrote an awesome review of If I Let You Go, which you can find here. Thanks to Clare, and everyone else who has taken the time to leave reviews on Goodreads or Amazon - it's hugely appreciated. The novella has only been out for a week (almost), and it's doing pretty well, so another massive thanks to everyone who has downloaded it!

The second book in the Game On Series, "Blindsided" is about to go through a massive round of last minute edits. I received a proof copy, and just in the first few pages, there are a bunch of things I want to change. This is no reflection at all on my amazing CPs, it's just that I am particularly fussy about my word choices sometimes lol!

On the same topic, I will be doing a cover reveal for Blindsided next week! Also, the blog tour is shaping up nicely. To those I've contacted, thank you for your speedy responses. I am going to start getting the guest posts ready next week too. I do still have a couple of spots to fill on the tour, so if you're interested in hosting me in late November/December, leave me a comment and let me know. I believe I have three places left, so the first three responses will get an email from me. If you need more details, shoot me over an email at kyralennon (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

Aand finally, next week I will be revealing details of my Game On Christmas project, so stay tuned!

Have a great weekend, peeps! <3 br="br">

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

What makes you dislike a book?

Recently, I have become fascinated by reading reviews on Goodreads. Not just for my own books, but reviews on books I loved, and books I wasn't crazy about. It never fails to astonish me how different people's opinions can be.

But what I don't get are ratings that don't entirely match up to the review. One thing I've seen over and over is people who made a point to comment that they loved someone's writing style, but were so annoyed by the characters, they only gave one or two stars overall. It got me wondering - what is the biggest factor that makes people decide to give a bad rating?

For me, not understanding or liking a character is not a good enough reason. I recently read a book in which I didn't feel any connection to the main characters, and one of them I outright HATED. However, even though I wasn't crazy about the people in the book, I  enjoyed the story, and the writing was excellent.

Reasons I dislike books include draggy plots, masses of errors that distract from the story, and unrealistic dialogue. But not understanding a character's actions? I dunno, I guess it feels a little judgmental to me. Just because a person might not agree with a choice, it doesn't make the overall story a disaster - most of the time. ;)

So tell me - what makes you dislike a book? What would make you leave a bad review?

Saturday, 6 October 2012

If I Let You Go - OUT NOW!

Yeah, I know ... three weeks early but If I Let You Go is now available! I am doing the KDP Select thing, so for a while, it is only available on the Kindle, but you can buy it for £1.02 in the UK, and $1.65 in the U.S!

If I Let You Go - Amazon UK
If I Let You Go -

Just because there is an early release, it doesn't mean the bloghop is cancelled or moved - the details for that are still the same! If you want to sign up for it, there is still loads and loads of time!

On October 22nd, I invite you to share some stories about letting go. Was there a time when you had to let go of someone or something? How did it make you feel? How did you handle it? Or if that's too personal - which I completely understand - how about writing a piece of flash fiction? 
The only rules are - obviously - it has to be related to letting go, and please keep it to a maximum of 500 words.
When the day arrives, I will hop around to all the entries, along with my independent judge (otherwise known as "Mum" LOL), and the story that touches us the most will win a $10 Amazon gift card!
Sign up below to share your stories! 
Hope you all have a great weekend, guys!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

He Came For Mine - Carolyn Brown

Today, I am welcoming CM Brown to my blog, to celebrate the launch of her latest book, He Came For Mine! 


Book Two in The Protector Series
By C.M. Brown

Available as and eBook at:

Price: $2.99

Add He Came For Mine to your TBR list on Goodreads

You can connect with Carolyn

For the next two weeks Carolyn is holding a Rafflecopter Draw on her Blog, to celebrate the following three reasons:

  1. The release of Book Two in the Protector Series, titled:
He Came For Mine

2.   One full year of Blogging!


3.   Twelve months since the launch of Book One in The Protector Series!

Prizes will include:

One $20 AUD (Australian Dollars) Amazon Gift Card
One free eBook of Book Two in The Protector Series, He Came For Mine!
One free book cover illustration by Rebekah Romani

Also, during the two week launch
Book One, in The Protector Series

He Came For Me
will be free as an eBook
to download



This book continues the story of Jazz and Sebastian's fated love affair.  Sebastian abandoned Jazz at the end of book one and returns to his home world of Aidensdein, which was burned to the ground when Jazz escaped from his nemesis Brennan.  He is kept busy rebuilding the city and restoring order to his people.

Unfortunately, Jazz is left alone to transform into a part-vampire and deliver their child on her own.  Seb, of course does not know that she is even pregnant when he leaves her.  As Jazz tries to survive the changes to her own body and raise a young vampire, she finds herself being drawn into a relationship with someone who looks very much like Seb.  Can she trust this stranger, or should she be wary?


Desperate to save the life of a child he never knew he had, Sebastian returns to Earth to find Jazz in the arms of another man.  A man he knows all too well.  One who cannot be trusted!  Sebastian worries if Jazz’s feelings for him have fleeted in his absence and he vows to win her back.

Jazz struggles to find ground between Sebastian and her new life, unsure who to trust and still holding resentment for Seb’s abandonment.  She seeks solace through someone who was there for her when she needed help to pick up the pieces.

After coming to terms with her new life, Jazz is struck down with confusion and longing when Sebastian suddenly returns.

However, a dark battle is forthcoming, one that is bound to bring bloodshed.


Congratulations, Carolyn! I wish you the best of luck with your new release! 


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

IWSG: Books Sales

IWSG time! I'd like to start by thanking Alex J. Cavanaugh for this fab bloghop, and today in particular, it is just the motivation I need to get me blogging again!

Today, I'm talking book sales. Now, I don't really know if there is any kind of "average" amount of books sales when you're an indie author. I don't know what is considered a good amount of book sales per month, or whether I am doing better or worse than others. What I do know, is that I am happy with the amount of books I've sold. I self-published because I want people to read my work - and people are reading it - yay!

My concern is - what if the sales stop? I know after a time, everyone's book sales will slow down, but I have this fear that I'll check my sales every couple of weeks to find that nobody cares about reading my books anymore.The dreaded 0 will show on my Kindle sales, and I will plummet into a pit of despair.

It hasn't happened yet, but Game On has only been out since July, so maybe there is still enough buzz to keep people interested. But I worry that my quest for an Amazon bestseller (anywhere in the top 100 is cool with me LOL!) might be an impossible one.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

A week off is not enough!

Hey guys!

Just wanted to let you know I am back from my blog break, but making my transition back into the blogosphere quite slowly lol. Finding my motivation is hard after 7 days of nothingness, but no doubt it will all come back to me soon!

I will be writing up a decent post later this week, but for now, let me know if I've missed anything important! :D