March Madness is Here!! And I’m Giving Mega Prizes Away…

In honor of March Madness (and no I don’t follow basketball) I’m going to be giving away crazy ass shit on this blog hop. Detail will follow at the end of the blog, but for now…I want to talk a bit about the MM that is unrelated to hoops.

It used to be that March was the time of year when the bathing suits came out and me and my friends would rush to slather ourselves in baby oil, Crisco or butter (hey, it was the early 80’s and we didn’t know about sunscreen back then) and lay out at the beach or backyard to start working on our summer tans. See, in Florida that was so doable in the early part of the year. Hell, I remember doing that in late February on a few occasions. Thanks to a little hydrogen peroxide and sunlight hair would begin to turn blonder. By the time spring break arrived, we were totally babealicious and ready to “cruise the Strip.” – If you lived at all near Panama City Beach, Florida you knew what this meant, along with AEA Weekend. In recent years, MM has changed–altered from those carefree day to something a bit more dicey….

…yes, folks I’m talking about March in New Jersey.

To really appreciate the “bridge” month – that is the weather equivalent of limbo —  one has to live here. It can be sunny and 60 degrees one day, and the next you are shoveling two feet of snow off your driveway and your car looks like a bump in the landscape. This year has been particularly frustrating since the weather people ….er…um…meterologists… have not gotten it right once. You’d think with all the hi-tech gadgetry, dopplers, satellites and GPS they would get a lock on systems and figure it out. But no, good old Mother Nature has stayed one or two giant steps ahead of them all season. It makes it a bit difficult to make plans when you don’t know from moment to moment if you’re going to need an shorts or snow shoes. Commuting to work on an ice rink is not my idea of good time, though in all honesty I have to commend the road crews for staying on top of things this year.

Then cabin fever sets in.

Like Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining I feel like busting out of my house and saying, “Here’s Johnny.” I long to take a walk on the trails with my hubby and dog and just enjoy being outside. The days he has gone it’s been too cold for me to linger outside for too long. You know the type of cold I’m talking about – the one that cuts through your 27 layers of clothing and goes straight to your bones. It’s really beautiful country up where I live and is quite relaxing to walk along the many trails that cut through the woods and hills. However, that’s an activity better saved for April, when March Madness has ended and the weather is a bit more on the predictable side.

New Jersey is definitely an “outdoors” state. There are so many things to see and do when the weather cooperates. Festivals and plays, gardens and farmers’ markets, boardwalks and beaches, tiny bistros with dining on pretty patios. It’s all here.  Parks and playgrounds. And events. I don’t think a week goes by when there isn’t some sort of outdoor happening within easy driving distance. This year the local St. Patrick’s Day parade was on the 9th and had nice warm, weather for all to enjoy. There have been some years when the pipers nearly froze their kilts off. Not a pretty picture. Makes marching in step all the more painful I’m sure.

This year my March Madness as taken another turn as I attempt to write several books in a month. I know what you’re thinking…she really is mad! Well, perhaps I am, but just think of it as taking all that pent up energy from being indoors all winter and channeling it to a greater, more entertaining purpose than breaking down a door with an ax.

To prove I am just as mad as a hatter, I’m giving away those prizes I mentioned above.

To one lucky winner I will give away a book of their choice from my backlist.

One winner will receive copies of one of my series. (In ebook)

Yet another winner will get my entire backlist – that’s three different author names and about 23 books. Wow!!! What a prize.

Winners will be selected from the list of people who reply, so if you reply please leave a name and email where I can contact you. It’s very disheartening to try and contact a winner only to discover there is no way to get a hold of them. If you mention you are going to Authors After Dark in Savannah this summer, I will enter you into an extra special drawing to meet me for drinks during the conference. (If you are under 21 your drink will consist of non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.)

Special notices: Due to the nature and subject matter of some of my titles all entrants must be at least 18 years of age. If you would like to comment on the blog, but are not eligible to enter the contest, please mention it in your reply. If you do not, I will assume you are good to go.

Contest closes on March 31st. Drawing to take place on April Fools Day – just to keep it interesting.

Good luck and let a little March Madness into your life.

-Kat

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Why?

I know there has been a rash of blog posts lately featuring the unseemly practices of some authors who decided it was a good idea to fake reviews or for reviewers to sell good ones to authors in need of a little push. Believe me, I wasn’t going to throw my two cents into the already overflowing bucket of rhetoric on the subject, but for some reason it has been really nagging at me.

I know none of those involved in any of the posts I’ve read. As a matter of fact I’ve only come by the posts via twitter or facebook feed and all from third party shares. I only know the events as I’ve read them on those blogs and have not investigated the matters further.

There have been other, more disturbing stories lately about authors trashing people for giving them low ratings, or the reviewers raking an author over the coals because they didn’t like a book. I’m sure none of this is a new trend. That these things have been going on for a long time, it’s just authors are more keyed into it now.

Why?

This is the crux of the post.

Not to point fingers or place blame or even cast a moral judgement on behavior, I just want to know why.

Why do they seem to be happening with greater frequency? Why are we more aware of it? Why do people not learn from the folly of others?

Has society as a whole become so desensitized to others’ feelings or been imbued with a driving need to always come in first place that as a population we throw common sense and manners to the wind and hope there is no backlash? That our actions will not render consequences? How about the building frustrations of an economy on the brink of collapse so people have become more desperate to get ahead that they will use any means to do so? Is the field just too competitive now that the need to shine or stand out overrides all other thoughts even at the cost of career suicide?

I don’t know. I haven’t any answers. It might be one, all or none of the above. The reasons are probably as vast and varied as the authors themselves. I don’t think we’ll ever know all the motivations behind these practices. I think the best we can manage is to read about them, make note and decide to take the high ground.

I do want to thank all of those who have been in the strike zone and chosen to write about it, to bring it to public notice and educate others. It’s the only way to raise awareness.

That’s the end of my thoughts on that matter–or rather questions. Now I want to hear what you think.

Tell me…Why? I want to know your opinions on the matter.

-Kat

Release Day for Mystics and Warriors Book 2: Sacred Sacrifices

All right, so I messed up on the release day. I thought it was the 17th, but apparently it is today! I’m both happy and sad over this. Happy because it’s finally out – sad because most of my scheduled promos and blog tours are for the end of the month. *sigh* Normally, I do admit my mistakes, but things were a bit confusing due to the fact the release date was moved a few times, so I can hardly be blamed for messing things up in the long run. I can only spin so many plates and juggle so many balls before the whole thing comes tumbling down. But enough about the author, let’s get to the reason I’m writing this blog…the book.

When I set out to write the sequel to Bad Religion, I knew I wanted to tell Jerella’s story and how she came to love and depend on two men to help her tackle the oppressive and evil theocrats. I also knew going into the book that both men would be on opposing sides of the conflict. What I didn’t know when I started writing and didn’t figure out until about chapter five or six is that the men had been former lovers. Well, if that just didn’t put a whole new spin on the emotion conflict of the story. I knew then that I really needed to listen to the characters and pursue that storyline as well. It wasn’t just about defeating the bad guys– or putting a serious dent in their plans — or Jerella’s journey to come into her full Sophatic powers. It was also about healing the past and moving forward. I always knew the title of the book, but it seemed that this new direction deepened the significance of Sacred Sacrifices and made it so much more meaningful. And before you ask…yes, I am one of those authors who really looks for the true meaning of their titles. I couldn’t just slap anything on the cover and call it good enough. It has to resonate with the story inside to a degree that it becomes impossible to separate the title and book.

The more I wrote Veric and Keis’s back story the richer the book became. I have to say I’m really quite proud of this title. It has everything I ever imagined it to be and more. I hope readers will enjoy Jerella, Veric and Keis’s story as much as I did. As with all my books, this has it’s fair share of intrigues, explosions and high tech gadgets. It also has a daring rescue, hot sex and trans-dimensional creatures. So much fun to write.

Here’s the blurbage for your enjoyment:

Sophite adja Jerella Montegro has crossed the length of the Sangrah Provinces to connect with a Unarion she’s only           communicated with in her mind. Hunted by the theocrats on an order of execution, she has risked everything to come to the aid of the
psychic sect she’s only heard of in stories. To bring them into the rebel fold with the Sophites and Drumas, it’s worth any price—including her life.

Unarion psychic Veric has spent the last few years mourning the betrayal of his lover, Keis, to the theocratic guards. Now, with
the construction of a tower near the borders of his homeland, and the rift of a nexus opening in the city of Rimfel, he needs           Jerella’s help to defeat the theocrats and their sinister plans once and for all.

Guard General Keis has given his all to the uniform he wears if only to bring his secret agenda to fruition. With Jerella and Veric in his crosshairs, he can’t lose. For what’s the promise of the future without a few sacrifices?

http://www.loose-id.com/mystics-and-warriors-2-sacred-sacrifices/

For those wishing to purchase it on amazon.com or nook the link is not yet live, but it will be available in those formats soon.

Now, the only think I have left to do is to figure out how to get the info on my website. *taps fingers on desk*

-Kathleen

 

Excitement and Confusion

If I were a dog, I’d be one of those ones who sit in the middle of the floor and constantly chase their tail in hopes of one day catching it. No lie. Hand to God. The good news is that I just do this when I write and I don’t actually spin in circles because that would look silly and probably get me a one-way ticket to padded corner doing the Thorazine shuffle.

Now you are probably wondering why I am so excited that I’d chase my tail amid happy barks. Well, there are two reasons. 1) After working night shift for 19 years, I’m finally going to jump ship and go to days. Yep, the old body said enough and I had to listen. I’ve already worked a couple of shifts and have to tell you I feel amazing. I’ll miss all my friends on the the night shift, but I think my health is more important than any other consideration. After all, I want to be around to write all the books floating around in my head.

Which brings me to 2) the more I’m writing on the second book of my steampunk/shifter series the more I can’t wait to get through the third book so I can get to the fourth. You see I’ve committed the unpardonable sin of falling in love with a secondary character–one who is in league with the villain. And if we are to believe his story…he worked for the villain of book one as well. SO CAN’T WAIT TO WRITE THIS CHARACTER IN HIS OWN BOOK. I’m just saying.

This derailing of my attention for a secondary character most likely stems from the fact he is not only dedicated bad boy, but physically scarred. What is it about me loving scarred heroes lately? Maybe I find their histories so much more interesting than the heroes without physical imperfections. However, I will say that every hero in this particular series has scars whether they show on the outside or not. Some of them just hide it better than others. Like Gideon in book 2. His scars are emotional and run very deep. It will take a special woman to bring him out of his buried despair…but oops, she has just as many as he does and their goals are on a collision course that has no choice but to destroy them both. So much fun to write. But then I’m mean to my characters that way.

So now you understand where the excitement and confusion comes from. I’m excited that I’ve found a backstory for my 4th hero, but am confused  because I want to skip over the other books and write this one. Can’t happen. I must go in order. There is political intrigue and a war brewing so I must keep the other elements in a linear fashion.

Sometimes it’s very frustrating not being able to write as fast as I read – or think. *sigh* I think I have enough projects in this one series to keep me going for a while. Wish me luck.

-Kat

 

Paperback Release of Water Mark by Kathleen Scott

What could be more fun than blasting off on a Jump ship through a portal and landing in the next dimension over for a little treasure hunt for a powerful relic? Oh, I don’t know…maybe hooking up with a lost love and helping him to save his people? That’s the basic thrust of Water Mark, the second in my Dimensional Jumpers series from Samhain.

For some reason I really enjoy taking my books into the future either with interstellar travel or jumping through portals into parallel universes. I might not always use technology that can suck the brain out of a grown man at twenty paces, but I do like to use things that might not be invented yet, but you better believe someone besides me has contemplated the applications. Pair high-stakes gambles with hot love stories and you’ve got a story ripe for adventure.

Here’s a little blurbage from Water Mark.

Water Mark by Kathleen Scott
Genre: SciFi – Futuristic
Length: 240 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-60928-730-6
Price: $15.00 Limited time sale-priced for $10.50

Two hearts, many worlds, one mission.

As Wynn St. Jyles searches for the fabled Amulet of Skia among the dangerous market stalls of the Alterrian Islands, memories of her last disastrous mission to the beta dimension haunt her steps. She’s determined not to repeat the mistakes that left her with a broken heart and permanent ear damage, but this trip doesn’t look much more promising.

Particularly when she’s dragged into a dark room, robbed of her aural implant–and the face swimming in her vertigo-stricken vision is the lover who, five years ago, left her in a pool of her own blood.
Kade, an exiled prince of the realm, still carries the pain of the devastating choice that forced him to leave Wynn for dead. Now she’s in his arms again, but the last thing she wants is him. She wants only what he’s trying to protect–the amulet.

Forced to become cautious allies in a violent, inter-dimensional arms race, Wynn finds herself fighting just as hard against a rekindled desire for Kade–leaving her wondering how she can hope to control the key to the multi-dimensions when she can’t even control her own heart.

Product Warnings: Contains pulse-pounding action, vertigo-inducing plot twists, and a love that crosses dimensions.

Click here to read an excerpt or to order a copy

Enjoy!

-Kathleen Scott

Making Tracks

Finally after being stuck on one spot for months, I’m finally moving forward on the sequel to Bad Religion. The title of the next book in the series, Sacred Sacrifices pits Jerella the Sopha adja against the Unarion psychic, Veric.

If you remember from the first book, Jerella was powerful if not a bit on the spoiled side. Well, she still is powerful and she’s learning to not be spoiled. If that’s possible. Their foe is the Guard General Keis. He has a few surprises of his own in store for our intrepid couple. None that I’m going to spill here, mind you, but they are really nice and yummy good.

I’ve also been kicking around with what to do with Queen’s Menagerie. I mean I know I would send it out again after it was rejected for representation, but just not to whom I was going to send. Was I going to try the agent route again or was I going to send it to a publisher. Well, I’ve always had trouble looking the conflict in the eyes in that book and calling it good enough, so I really was up in the air about which way to go. Then viola. It came to me. As I woke up this morning I noticed the fix was in my brain and the knowledge of where to send it was firmly lodged in my heart. I will not reveal that at this time, but I think it was supposed to work out this way. Round about, yes. But it feels right. And that’s all that matters as far as the Secret is concerned. So, on to the next project making me crazy these days.

All of them.

I have a high fantasy romance rolling around in my damn brain. I might have to work on that one. Along with the Victorian paranormal erotic romance and the next in the Scicia Saga. Ergg. Too many ideas, not enough days off to write them all.

I’m a  very busy girl.

Laters, folks.

-Kat

Where Does the Time Go?

All right. I looked up from my desk and noticed it was November and I haven’t written anything here since I opened the blog. Not good. But I do have an excuse- if I’m not writing here, it means I’m busy writing books.

Hey that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Anyhoo, there will be some changes around here shortly. I’ll get some links up and add some new and exciting sales and releases. I’ve had a talk with another wordpress blog I started with some friends under the name Kate Davison (Reading, Writing and Ruminations) and I think me and the format have come to an understanding. There are still some things I need to learn…it might be worth it to pick up a WordPress for dummies – if they have anything like that, or a book that’s like a tutorial. Most of the time I just cut myself loose and click buttons to see what happens. However, that way lies danger since I’ll get sucked into the muck, mire and morass and not get any writing done. As it is, I’ve been two hours getting information together so my website can be updated. (I really am the Queen of Procrastination.)

Long Live the Queen!

Not any more. Even though it isn’t quite time to start making those New Year’s Resolutions, I think mine is going to be that I stay updated on all my sites. I know it’s a tall order, but five or ten minutes a couple times a week is probably better than taking half a Sat. morning away from my writing when I’ve got projects up the wazoo to finish and getting no where on them fast.

Intellectually I know this. In practice, I’m upate fail personified. It’s been so long since I’ve logged in to Twitter that when I signed in a big white blank page came up. Does that mean I’m locked out? Probably.

Sigh. Think I’ll take a walk with the hubby and dog and get my mind right. A good, big dose of fresh fall air will do me good.

Laters,

Mystic Kat