Monday, December 9, 2013

Fractured Heart by Krystle Lewallen- Book Trailer

I am so excited to bring you the official book trailer for Fractured Heart, book one in The Redemption Series. Out now! Enjoy!




 
 
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Friday, November 22, 2013

A Fractured Heart Giveaway! And A Helping Hand

I am so excited to bring you this special news. It has been very difficult keeping it to myself for the past 3 weeks, but today I can share it with everyone. Three weeks ago, I made a decision, and when I made it I got this feeling of extreme elation. I got goosebumps all over and I knew that it was what God was calling me to do. I want to tell you a little about me before I tell you the news so that you can understand why I am doing this. When I was five, I was taken from my home and placed in a temporary home with foster parents. I had a foster mom, dad, brother and sister. It was not a pleasant experience, unfortunately. I just want to be clear that not every foster situation is unpleasant. I was lucky enough to be blessed with a grandma who had a huge heart. She fought for custody and won. Six months after I was in the foster home, all of my stuff was thrown into a garbage bag and I was being picked up by my grandma. Don't feel sorry for me. Every single thing that has happened to me, I chalk it up to experience and move on. My grandma was a wonderful woman who loved me. I was lucky enough to have a family member that wanted me, loved me, and took care of me.

Today, there are still an alarming number of kids who have to go to foster homes. I commend the people who foster children. I love that they have hearts that are big enough for kids who are not their own; who have been neglected, need medical help, or just need someone to love them.

In 2011, 11 percent of the children (over 26,000) exiting foster care aged out of the system. Research has shown that teens aging out of the system are highly likely as adults to experience homelessness, poor health, unemployment, incarceration, and other poor outcomes.


Here is what I am going to do, and here is how you can give back just by doing something you love to do; reading. For every electronic book of Fractured Heart sold from any site the purchase is available, from the time it is released and everyday thereafter, I will donate 10% (with hopes to increase this percentage in the near future) to an organization called Together We Rise. I happened to find this organization as I was searching for non-profit organizations that help children. I had a couple in mind, but when I came to the Together We Rise website, I got those goosebumps and felt my heart twist. What they do is simply amazing. They are giving these kids a chance at some normalcy, friendships, and hope.

Up to 80 percent of all children in foster care have serious emotional problems.


This organization provides children with a way to carry their belongs when they are moved around. They have a project called Sweet Cases for Foster Kids, where they collect duffel bags and suit cases- stuff them with hygiene kits, blankets, coloring books, crayons, and toys. In 2 years they have provided over 2,000 bikes to children in foster care. Not only do they go on a tour through the United States delivering these bikes, but they stay and help these kids build them. Building a connection with them, giving them some normalcy even for a day. That is something special. That day can change a child and bring hope into their lives. The best part about all of this time and energy they are giving- they are all interns. Young people who are helping make a difference.

At Together We Rise we do what we do, not because of the fame, glory, or recognition, we do it because it is the right thing to do.
I am so thrilled to be able to give back in some way. No matter if it's a little or a lot, it all matters. It can all do something. When you go out and purchase you e-book of Fractured Heart; you are helping make a difference in a foster child's life. We have some amazing people in the world. They far outweigh the bad. Let's enable them to do the good that is needed.
 
Nearly 700,000 abused and neglected children will spend time in foster care in the United States this year.
 
If you would like more information on Together We Rise or Foster Care; please follow the links provided below, or click on the Together We Rise banner at the bottom of this post.
 
I want to bring you a giveaway today too. Three author's, besides myself, have donated to this giveaway so that you have a chance to win 7 awesome prizes. Here they are:
 
Prize Pack 1
Kindle Fire HD w/ Fractured Heart and 2 books of your choice pre-loaded
 
Prize Pack 2
Signed paperback of Fractured Heart
Paperback of Wicked
Metal heart bookmark with silver tassel from Kate Aspen
Fractured Heart magnet
Fractured Heart pen
$5 gift card to Starbucks
 
Prize Pack 3
2 e-books of Destiny by Cindy Ray Hale
 
Prize Pack 4
1 e-book of Winter Shadows by Casey Bond
 
Prize Pack 5
2 e-books of Revelation by Doug Couse
 
Spread the news, enter the giveaway, and don't forget to join the Fractured Heart Online Book Launch Party on November 30th (See Link Below) where you have another chance at winning another Kindle! This giveaway will run from now (November 22, 2013) till December 16, 2013 at midnight.

*U.S. residents only for prize packs 1 and 2. All others are international. Thank you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source: http://www.childrensrights.org/issues-resources/foster-care/facts-about-foster-care/
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Want to now more about Together We Rise
 
 
 
Want to know more about Together We Rise? Watch their story here.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Online Book Launch Party For Fractured Heart

Come join the party on November 30th! I am celebrating the release of Fractured Heart with an online Book Launch Party. Just click HERE.






Friday, November 1, 2013

Cover Reveal: Fractured Heart by Krystle Lewallen

I am so excited to be revealing the cover of my book. There is no feeling that I can compare to what I feel right now; completion, accomplishment, and progress. Those are just a few. This cover would not have been possible without a few people,
 
Makaela Hall - Makaela was the most gracious cover model. She turned, twisted and inched in every which way that she was asked so that Pam could capture the perfect picture. This was her first time modeling and she was simply amazing. The picture speaks for itself.
 
Pam Bell Photography - I could not have had such a beautiful cover without such a wonderful photographer. I can not say enough good things about Pam. She was professional and captured some of the best pictures I have ever seen. I would encourage you to check out Amelia Island Scenes on Facebook to see more of her work. The scenic pictures are breathtaking. It's great to get on Facebook and have those beautiful pictures popping up on my page every once in a while.
 
Mia - Mia was the make-up artist on site. If there was a glitch she stepped up to the plate and took care of it. Mia is also a hair stylist and also touched up hair as needed.
 
Without these 3 ladies, I would not have been able to introduce this cover to you. I am truly blessed to have had them on my team for this shoot.
 
Book Information
 
Title: Fractured Heart
Series: The Redemption Series Book One
Release Date: November 29, 2013
 
 
I won't keep you waiting any longer, here it is...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
You can visit my Facebook page by clicking here so that you can stay up to date on events that are happening. If you are interested in doing a review for Fractured Heart, please contact me by email krystleball918@yahoo.com .
 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Coffee and laptops...yeah they don't mix



I have been gone for far too long. But I have a perfectly good explanation for that so I'm about to tell you a story about a coffee cup, a laptop and hope!

There are two things that are very important to me as a writer; 1) coffee. I need my coffee to keep me awake as I write long hours into the night. Yes, I pull all nighters and they are pretty much impossible without that cup (or two) of joe. 2) my laptop. The laptop is essential, without it I would not be able to write because good old paper and pen just don't work anymore everything is done electronically. So, without these two things I would not be able to write.

Coffee and laptops, great separately. Usually my laptop is sitting in front of me and my coffee cup is sitting to my left as I type but on this particular day I was doing a read through and edits on my manuscript so my laptop was pushed back and my coffee cup was sitting in between it and me. You can see where this is going I bet. As I read along I had to get up from my seat at the dining room table so that I could do, what, I don't even remember because what happened next was painful. As I got up and pushed my chair back my chest bumped the coffee cup and dumped all over my laptop. It was on for two seconds then the screen went black. I immediately unhooked all power sources from the laptop and turned it upside down so that the coffee could drain.

My husband who was trying to help me, looks at me and before I even say anything he says, "It's going to be ok," I was like, "No, no it's not." He was so great as he tried to calm me down and after a few tears and some deep breaths I calmed down but the thought that my laptop was ruined burned through my brain. You are thinking, no big deal you have your manuscript backed up right? Uh, no. I didn't. I know, I know it wasn't a very smart choice to not have it backed up but I hadn't thought that I would actually be that careless. I'm usually really cautious around my laptop because it holds all of my writing.

So my laptop is sitting upside down draining onto a towel and I am frantically searching online (with my phone) for some advice on what I should do. Everything that I came across said that if you dumped water on it then there is a chance it could be saved but if you dumped something sugary or with dairy in it then it was probably not savable. Well my coffee had both of those things in it and I was thinking to myself this is so not going to be good.

I am a women of faith. I believe in God and Jesus. I definitely believe that He has a greater plan for us if we follow Him He will set us on that path and every single event that happens to you on that path is meant to be because it is His will. So the series of events that took place next was not surprising but I was so grateful that He gave me a sign so clear that it gave me some peace of mind.

All of this happened on a Thursday. Friday my husband and I were preparing to go on a weekend camping trip with our two children and Scout family. I had just finished all of my own edits as I was wrapping up the last chapter. Earlier that morning I had asked my editor if she was ready for my manuscript on Monday because I was going to finish the last chapter edits and do another read through over the weekend. Yes, I was suppose to spend a family weekend with the kids and camp out in a tent on the hard ground in the wild. But I was thinking of ways that I could smuggle my book into the campsite and read it so that it was fully ready by Monday morning for my editor.

My husband, bless his heart, was getting pretty tired of hearing me talk about my book and how I needed to finish it. How it wasn't getting done because I couldn't work continuously on it like I wanted. We had been at odds a couple of times about it but he realized how important it was to me so he relented. I have to admit that I let the book be one of the most important things in life for me while I was writing and editing it. Even though he was helping me with my laptop I think deep down he was thinking, good now she can take a break. He had told me that he was going to tell me to stay home alone for the weekend and just finish up what I needed to finish too.

Completely saddened by the turn of events I flopped down on my couch and tried not to hyperventilate because I had just finished my first novel, didn't have a back up and my laptop had too much coffee and went haywire. Logging on Facebook I was going to ask for some advice since I had found only negative things about it online. I follow Joyce Meyer Ministries on Facebook so I get those neat little devotionals and Bible verses that she posts. On this morning she had put this one up:


Learn to enjoy things without developing too strong of an attachment to them. -Joyce

If this was any clearer It would be transparent. I mean really if God had slapped me in the head and said, "Get a grip." it would have been really difficult for me to deny that He was clearly at work here. On Friday Doug and I packed up the car, the kids and headed out to Camp Echockotee. Laptop left behind to drain, manuscript untouched and hope completely and faithfully intact that when I started it up on Sunday evening it would work.

We had an amazing weekend and the weather was absolutely perfect for a fall camping trip. My husband and I actually repelled down a 50 foot wall and we just don't do that stuff because he is afraid of  heights and I am afraid of anything new especially something that could equal death. Hello, 50 foot wall, one harness and a rope that I controlled, yeah I was afraid. But I didn't panic and I didn't stress. I kept it together. And that goes for both laptop and that 50 foot drop that could have very well been the death of me.

On Sunday when we got home we unpacked and settled in. As I got my laptop and turned it over I put the battery back in and pushed the power button. Ok, the lights were on that was a good sign. When the screen came up with all of my files I was so happy!! I was not surprised because my faith was unshakable because of the clear signs that I had gotten from up above.

Can you believe that I am typing on my laptop right now and it works. At first the keys stuck and some didn't work but when I hooked up my wireless keyboard and, out of habit, typed on the laptop keyboard 4 days later all of the keys worked with the exception of the right clicker. My laptop is back and in good condition. Faith and hope can give you a lot of things and a peace of mind is one of those. There really is no use in worrying about something that is in God's hands. I had a great weekend, my editor has my manuscript and I am blogging again, woo hoo!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Plagirism

The purpose of this weekly post is not to rant, rave or bash anyone. It is only to voice my opinion and concerns on current events in the writing community. I will in no way ever be nasty or hateful to people even though some of this stuff really is upsetting because it has an affect on everyone.
 
 
 
Plagiarism
 
 
 
Recently, on my Facebook page I came across a post that linked back to an article about a popular author who was accused of plagiarism, something that is beat into our minds by teachers at a young age all through school. As we get older we start to develop a better understanding of these things and why they are unmoral. It seems to me that sometimes as we get older and have a better understanding about morals that we tend to loosen the moral chain a bit for personal gain.
 
There have been several accounts of accused plagiarism in the writing community in the past and that leads me to a questions; Are these authors truly plagiarizing? The answer, we will never know. It may seem like plagiarism and the authors mostly will deny the accusations but in all honesty we'll never know if an author actually plagiarized or not because it is impossible for us to get inside their head. We have to go on with the thought that they have to live with it.
 
Here is my concern about plagiarism. The world is not fair it never has been and it never will be because we have certain people making decisions for us all collectively and no two people are alike. But will these plagiarism accusations change the writing community. At some point people are going to say enough is enough and they will come up with some policy that will try to eliminate plagiarism. I am concerned that whatever policy is put into place will in the long run hurt the self publishers.
 
After reading the article on a particular best selling author and the accusations on plagiarism against them I scrolled through the comments. I wanted to know what other people thought. Boy was I sorry I did that. This author was self published as well as traditionally published with a publishing house. The first comment I read was about this being a problem among self published authors because there is no one to refuse publishing because of their plagiarism. And that is where this post stems from.
 
It's truly sad that people plagiarize and when they do it affects more then just them it affects their readers, the person they plagiarize from, editors that work with them, and other authors. But mostly it just affects them. Why take the risk on plagiarizing? So that you can sell a book? So that you can get past writer's block? It's just not worth it in the end. If you have writer's block there are writing communities and articles out their that can help you and give ideas on how to get past it. Find another writer that you can talk to about it. Just remember that you have to live with the decisions you make.
 
If you have any concerns on plagiarism I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. What is your opinion on plagiarism? And remember there is a fine line between unmoral and illegal when it comes to plagiarism and copyright infringement. Be safe and write your own words. If you are using a source for some research, cite the source.
 
 
How can I get over writer's block?
 
 
 
 
I like to read when I have writer's block. It gets me in the write fame of mind for writing. If you aren't coming up with anything still I would suggest putting the story down and coming back to it. Don't rush and remember that having your own original work out there is by far more satisfying then plagiarism.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, October 7, 2013

Fun Giveaway!

Who doesn't love free stuff! I am doing a fun giveaway on my author FB page all you have to do is tell me what your favorite book cover is. You can click here for your chance to win 1 of 4 "Turning Leaves" metal bookmarks with a burgundy silk tassel. Perfect for the fall. I do most of my reading on my Kindle but from time to time I do have a paper book but usually I am stuffing whatever is closest to me in between the pages so that I don't loose my spot. Not anymore!


"Turning Leaves" metal bookmark with burgundy silk tassel

New Blogging Schedule

I have a new blogging schedule! Everyone needs a schedule because without it we would all be wondering around aimlessly trying to figure out where we go and when! I have neglected my blog due to well numerous things but I love blogging! So I have scheduled posts at least 3 days a week! Here is what those posts will be;
 

Tell It Like It Is Tuesday

I'm not usually an opinionated person out loud but we all need an outlet for the drama that is going on in the writing and reading world. On Tuesday's I will give my opinion on some recent event that has happened. For example; the Goodreads policy change, the plagiarism accusations made against a bestselling author things like this. I'll give my opinion and I would love to here your take on it too as long as we are being decent about it.
 
 

Let's get personal Thursday

Thursday's will be about my personal endeavors in the writing/reading/blogging world. Maybe there is something that I have done or come across that could help you.
 
 

Spotlight on Saturday

On Saturdays I will turn the spotlight on someone else! It can be an author, blogger anyone. So watch out, I may be coming for you!
 
 
I may blog on off days about anything but you know that these three days are occupado on this site :) Thanks for stopping by and come back for Tell It Like It Is Tuesday.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Facelift!

This blog will be getting a facelift! Stop back on Monday (10/7) too see!!




You can 'Like' me on Facebook where I post teasers and do random giveaways! Or you can follow me on Twitter! Thanks!
 
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Echo's, Fractured Heart cover and a little sneak peak!

Gah! You can hear your own echo in this blog. I have been working on fine tuning my manuscript and it is definitely more time consuming then I could have ever anticipated. But it is completely worth it and I can't wait to get Katy's story out to everyone! The cover should be ready in two weeks and I know it's going to be amazing as I have an amazing photographer. I am so happy that she has agreed to work with me. You can check out Pam Bell's work by going to her website or visiting her Facebook page. Her pictures are absolutely gorgeous to look at. She takes the most beautiful landscape pictures as well and you can even purchase them for your own personal use. They are just breath-taking. I am so excited about the cover! I have decided to use a scene from the book for the cover so Ms. Pam, myself and the cover model will do our best to re-create something visual for everyone. I leave you with a sneak peak of Fractured Heart! Hope you like it and please feel free to share away! This is the epigraph and is used to set the tone of the book.








Friday, September 13, 2013

New Release!

 
I love the Grey Wolves series, so when Sacrifice of Love came out today I was reared and ready to go get it! I would recommend the Grey Wolves series because it is funny, emotional and unique. We all know that it is hard to find that uniqueness in books these day. There are so many people who compare and contrast books but I try to start a book without the pretenses. Every author deserves a fair shot at good reviews and I look more for the flow of the book and the words that are on the page if they grab my attention and make me feel then it's a good book for me. Unfortunately a lot of the time reviewers pick apart a book and their opinion is biased based on the fact that they have preconceived notions. But, everyone deserves an opinion, everyone. I will respect the opinions of others because it is theirs and they are entitled to it. Not to mention they took the time to read that book and leave that review.
 
My opinion, I don't have one. Why? Because A) I'm a reader and B) I'm an author so I am on both sides of the spectrum and I like to stay positive and read anything that I can get my hands on. Especially the Grey Wolves series! Let me leave you with some links so you can start reading the Grey Wolves yourself. The first book is free just click the caption under the book cover and it will take you to Amazon Kindle for your free copy! Let me know if what you think about the Grey Wolves.




If you are already a Quinn Loftis book lover like me and didn't know book 7 was out today (How is that possible!) then you can get your copy by following the link below. Enjoy, I did!


                                                       Sacrifice of Love by Quinn Loftis

Friday, August 9, 2013

Giveaway Winner! Thank you to everyone!

The giveaway is over! Congratulations Amanda Phillips! You should be receiving an email. If you do not receive it within the next day or two please let me know so that I may get your information by other means. Thank you to everyone who participated. At the end of this month I will be doing another giveaway that you won't want to miss.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Giveaway

Hello everyone! I wanted to give a brief update on the giveaway. It will end at midnight, this is the first time that I have used Punch Tab for a giveaway so bare with me as I figure out how it all works. If it does not go down on it's own by midnight I will pull it down myself and announce the winner. You must know that if you did not comment under the blog and answer the question your entries do not count. You still have time to do this today, Thursday. It was a requirement to receive the prize. I do want to thank you for visiting, I am working on some new things to make the blog a little more eventful when someone visits. Also, I will be doing a giveaway every month so be sure to sign up to receive emails when I post something new. There are some really great things to come so keep visiting. If you don't win this giveaway there will be plenty of others. Thanks everyone!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Zombie Writing...no brain eating involved!

There is nothing like writing a book. I love creating a character and giving them a personality, a face, a life. I have always enjoyed writing, but now that I am planning to publish a book in a few months, I have deadlines. It's still fun for me but I sometimes stay up well past midnight to write because hey, I'm on a deadline, I gotta get it done. Here is the problem with late night writing; say I want to finish a chapter before I go to bed, it's one o'clock in the morning and I have three pages to go so I keep writing. My eyes are barely open and my mind is on automatic but my fingers are still moving a mile a minute. This is what I call Zombie Writing,


Not that kind of Zombie. But, it feels that way because my brain is almost shut off and I am still aimlessly typing like a mad women. I suppose there may be some drool involved and perhaps some one syllable words when my husband says, "Are you coming to bed?" but that is where the Zombie comparisons end. Eventually, when I close my laptop and fall into bed, I can't even bask in the joy of reaching my goal because I am beyond exhausted. And, in the morning when I re-read what I have written, it makes very little sense and grammar is awful. Can I salvage anything?  No, not really. I am completely dedicated to producing a story that is well thought out and has well developed characters who provoke emotions and captivate the readers. In my opinion, writing just to reach a goal is not worth it if nothing sensible is coming from it. That does not mean that you shouldn't keep your goals in sight, goals are important and you should strive to meet them as long as it's not haphazardly. Sometimes you just have to close up shop and take a break. There is nothing wrong with that, it may improve your story. On the other hand, in the event of a Zombie apocalypse, you'll fit right in.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What goes up, must come...

Yes, you guessed it, down. Sir Isacc Newton's: The Universal Law of Gravitation has demonstrated just how this works. I know what you're thinking; is this a blog about reading and writing or is it a blog about science? You would be right about the first. However, we use this mantra, what goes up must come down, in our everyday life sometimes without even thinking about it. Here is a demonstration...





It doesn't belong to just science, we as writer's, bloggers, readers, people, tend to take the good things in life and automatically assume that hey, I threw it out there and now it's going to come barreling down on me at light speed and smack me in the head. Or someone else will throw it at you...



You think I'm going to tell you, no that won't happen or things always get better? No, no I'm not. Because there is a possibility that it will happen and what you threw out there may not get better but you can move on. There is no reason to dwell on what you cannot change. I know, I'm like asking you to change your whole personality...

 



but I never said it would happen over night. These things take time and really you'll never get anywhere if you just keep reprising all of the negative things in your life. So leave that stuff in the past and just use it as a resource to make yourself happy. Queue the happy dance...

 
 
 
 
So remember that what comes up, must come down but use it to your advantage.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tackling tough issues in writing

Last night I had to tackle a tough issue in my novel. I won't say what that was, you'll have to wait for it to come out :) I have read books that tackle tough subjects in the past, anorexia, cutting, peer pressure, unwanted pregnancies, mugging, death and some I just can't put down because there has to be a happy ending and some I just can't finish because it's to repulsive. How do you know as a writer that you've gone too far with a particular subject? You just can't because everyone's view on "what's too far" is going to be different. My personal opinion is to keep it clean, instead of focusing on the act itself focus on what the characters are feeling during such a tough time. First and foremost, there are people out there that could have real life experience with such things and I'm sure they don't want to relive their experience through a book their reading. The purpose of writing about those tough subjects is only to tackle them head on and see how the characters recover from these things in hopes that you can inspire others to move forward with their issues or encourage them to take the next steps at the very least. Last night I literally had to stop writing several times and remind myself why I was writing this particular scene. Cringing with every tap of the keyboard, my heart was racing and even though I knew where the book would end, I was still screaming at the character. Just know that the ultimate goal when writing is that your audience will gain something positive from what they read in the end. But, I just can't avoid the tough issues. They really happen in real life so I will keep writing them in hopes that someone somewhere will relate and it will strengthen them. As readers or writers, whichever you are, what are your thoughts on the tough subjects in books such as the above?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Writing on the go

I think that most writer's, at some point, have given the advice to write, and write often. If you have something in your head, write it down. You can be at a coffee shop, on a subway, sitting in the car (Not driving of course, lol.), at the beach just write, write, write. See just like them;



 
 



Not to mention in our busy every day lives it's just plain hard to accomplish anything extra. But, I have come to realize, it's perfect advice. There have been times that I had an idea and didn't write it down. It ended up in the backstreets of my mind, forgotten never to be found again. That's painful for a writer, to lose important dialogue, scenes, character developments. So, now when the mood strikes and I have an idea that needs to get written down I can just pull out one of many notebooks that are lurking around my house. I sometimes carry a notebook in my purse too, but I thought why? I have a phone, I can just write my thoughts out on the Notes app on my IPhone, save it and add it to my manuscript later. Ha-ha!




I had it all figured out. But, no, no I didn't. Right now I despise that app and if I could I would take it off but it's stuck there. I was out today riding along in the car, my husband driving, I had some ideas I wanted to write down, so I did, on Notes. When I got home, getting out my phone I proceeded to open notes. The writing was gone. Gone, I tell  you. It was a nightmare. I was kind of like this;



What is a girl to do? Try desperately to remember what I wrote. Only remembering a little bit, I stopped and decided to never write on my phone again. I'll stick to the old fashioned;





Ok, not that old fashioned. Notebooks it is! I'm sure there are other apps out there that are great for writing but I can't take the chance. I don't ever want to find my work has vanished again. I enjoy my IPhone though :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lauren Kate Giveaway!

I absolutely love Lauren Kate's Fallen books. In a time of vampire novels and movies, Lauren brought to life on the pages of a thickly bound book something that was fantastic and supreme. I happily anticipated the release date of each and every book, going to the stores to purchase them at midnight. The story is love in it's purest form and furthermore it is culturally rich. Lauren has a new book coming out called Teardrop and I am equally excited about this release. I feel the need to share with you all, her fabulous work through a give away. All 5 Fallen books;





Here is what you need to do to win these fabulous books:
1) Leave a comment under this blog telling me what your absolute favorite book is and why.
2) Share this blog with at least 2 other people. Have them mention you when they leave their comment.
For extra entries:
3) Share this blog on twitter.
4) Share this blog on facebook.

You receive 1 entry for every share or comment above but the first two, you must do. These are truly fascinating books you don't want to miss out. And if you already own them they would be an excellent gift for someone else. Don't forget to check out the first three chapters to my book, Fractured Heart, by clicking on the tab on the top of this page. Thanks for stopping by!

Good luck!



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What I'll be reading

Do you want to know what I think one of the most important things to being a good author is, reading and reading a lot. Really, it's kind of like studying for authors. Reading others work helps you to realize what type of writer you want to be, what audience you'd like to reach and how you want your character's to appear. Most of the time you can't see the fault in your own writing but when your reading someone else's novel you automatically pick out what you don't like. So, I try to read as often as my life allows, you know after God, my family and friends, my own writing and my house. Yes, my poor house get's the boot most of the time. If you ever come to my house and it's clean well, I knew you were coming so whatever you do, don't open the movie closet, haha.

I am really looking forward to starting this new book by Staci Stallings called Deep in the Heart. If you want to read along with me you can purchase it on Amazon here. Below is a picture of the cover and a description of the book. Alright, I have to clean my house and do the laundry if I want to start this book tonight. Later!




Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayers and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie's whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?

Keith Ayers despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers and the fiance to a Senator from Texas' daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father's racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father's success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?

First 3 chapters of Fractured Heart

Good morning sweet world! Even though it is utterly pitiful outside with the dark clouds and lack of sunshine, I try to make the best of everyday. Today is no exception and to make today extra special I will be sharing the first three chapters of Fractured Heart. Just click Me, yes that's right, me right here<--------------, and it will take you to my Writer's Café site. Don't forget to leave a comment here or on Writer's Café.

Just a reminder that I will be doing a give away on Friday. If you have not read the Fallen series by Lauren Kate you are really missing out. It's fantastic. But you have a chance to win all 4 of the books in this series. This is the first book and the cover is beautiful:

 
 
 
 
Have a fantastic day and good luck!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Give away

Keep an eye out for a give away that I will be starting on Friday (7/26). One of my favorite authors, Lauren Kate, has a book coming out on October 22 called Teardrop. (You can preorder this book from Amazon by clicking the cover to the right of this page.) So, to give you all a little preview of her fabulous writing, I will be giving away all 5 of her Fallen novels. So come back and tell everyone and please don't forget to enter!

Title to my first book and the first chapter!!

First chapter to my new book is up, just click here. It can also be found under the tab at the top of the page, Fractured Heart. That is the title to the book. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bon Voyage, for only a little while but know I am back

I have been gone for too long! Ahhh, we took a family trip to Disney World, it was my very first time but my husband has been before. Can I just say...IT WAS AMAZING!! It was the perfect day not too hot, the kids did excellent, no issues we all arrived back in one piece. Here's a few fabulous pictures of my kids and I and we can't forget Mickey and the gang:





But, now I am back and very ready to start writing! I have so much going on in my head right now and I need to write it down ASAP. I haven't been able to read To Kill A Mockingbird much but I will get back to that because I am happily anticipating reading The Fault In Our Stars, which I purchase yesterday. Also, my son will be four in a few weeks so I am planning a big Superhero Birthday Bash on August 10th. The only thing completed for the Birthday are the invitations. But they are really awesome! See:



Let's not forget school starts on August 6th and my anniversary is in two weeks. There's just so much going on, it's been a busy month and I don't foresee it slowing down much. But it can be handled and I'm good as long as I can write. Here I go reading, writing, planning that's what it's all about!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Current Works In Progress

Alright, I have posted the premise for the two books I am currently working on, under Works In Progress tab. Take a look, leave a comment and please let me know if you are interested in an ARC. New author here, need some feedback on my writing. Thanks.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hello world, it's me!

Currently it's 11:33pm at night. I would love to be sleeping, however I can't. Sleep has been my enemy for the past couple of weeks because, well, I am one of those people who loves to stay up past their bedtime and write, not that I have a bedtime because I'm  twenty seven. If I even attempted to go to sleep it would evade me, when I have something on my mind I have to get it out. But, I don't think you care about my awful sleeping habits. What you really want to know is who I am and what you can expect to find on this blog.

Let's start with the easy stuff. My name is Krystle, but I think you already got that. Currently I am living in Florida with my husband, Doug, my two wonderfully beautiful children, Chris and Matt and my two furry little poodles. I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio but I didn't like the snow so, here I am in the Sunshine State. I live on an Island and, yes, it's awesome! I miss my family because they all live far, far away in a land...just kidding, they live in Toledo, mostly. But, I do miss them terribly.

I have this small, silly dream that one day I will be a successful author. Apparently publishing your work isn't all that hard now a days. When I prepare to publish my work I want to be sure the characters in my books stand out, are strong and have morals. My ultimate goal is that my books inspire people to "show the love" while I deliver an exceptionally intriguing story. Oh, and sometimes I write poems.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you check back daily for news on my upcoming books, my busy life and a whole lot more. And, if you want to talk books, writing or anything that your hearts desire just know, I'm game!