And I will have it at the "Crafts Along the Creek" at the Heritage Festival downtown Rochester, MI. at the Municipal park. I will be there both Saturday (5/20) from 11am until 6pm and Sunday(5/21) 11am until 5pm. I will also have copies of:
I write adventures for those in search of a good story. My novels fall in the Fantasy genre, but many people consider them Sci-fi too. Each story is written with what I look for when I read a book: action, adventure, twists and turns, love, heroes, vicious enemies, fighting (weapons and hand to hand combat). I write because I want to share the stories that are inside of me. I hope you enjoy the adventures as much as I love writing them!
Friday, May 19, 2017
And I will have it at the "Crafts Along the Creek" at the Heritage Festival downtown Rochester, MI. at the Municipal park. I will be there both Saturday (5/20) from 11am until 6pm and Sunday(5/21) 11am until 5pm. I will also have copies of:
Monday, May 1, 2017
I've added the tab for Chapter One to the rest of the first chapters above! I hope you like it!
Oh and here's the blurb for the book. You know, in case you're curious 😊:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
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Friday, February 10, 2017
Anyways, I am very hopeful that soon I will have new stuff for those of you who have read everything else I've written! And with any luck, the story coming out in May will be sold at the Heritage Festival in Rochester during Memorial weekend.
Hope you are all having a wonderful winter! 😊
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Yes, I have been doing a lot of writing and revising. I have one book (Story 13) being looked at by a final editor, and then I get to figure out when the book will be out. I also have two other stories almost ready for the editing process. One is definitely closer (story 16) than the other (story 21), but they are both done... done as in I'm only adding information so the reader will have a better opportunity to be able to see what I see and the characters are getting more depth, but both stories have a beginning, middle, end. So with any luck I'll have three stories out over the next year or so. Yeah!!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
I just checked, and it is at iBooks, Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo, but not Barnes&Nobles (I would expect it to be up soon - not everything can go smoothly). Anyways, here's the description:
I thought I understood the difference between good and evil, and that my knowledge of the sword would keep me safe. However, my eyes have been opened to those who want to rid the world of me, and nothing is how it seemed. I never could have imagined that there was more to fear than Ceeaira and Marty, but in the wake of Aleksertac’s vow, the dangers have increased ten fold. The Ancients, the Dark Forces, the dragons, and all who want a piece of what Aleksertac now covets are becoming bolder, and alliances are being made. My skills and determination have already been put to the test. How much longer can I really survive in a world with creatures that contain abilities I have never imagined? Aleksertac has been crucial to my survival this far, but will his power be strong enough to fight against them all? Will my spirit have the strength to survive the power that resides within him? I want to believe we can survive, but how long can Light endure Darkness?
Friday, July 1, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
How about The Shadow Dragon: Aleksertac?
Why do I ask?
On July 31st, 2016, the long awaited book three will be released!!! (I may be a tad bit excited) I know this is a year later than I had originally hoped, but I am much happier with it. What's the title you ask?
Okay, yes, I am very excited... and nervous.
Have you ever seen Disney's Tangled? You know the part when she leaves the tower for the first time, where she's ecstatic one moment and anxious the next?
I did not come up with the above pic, but wow, does it depict me pretty much every time I release a book... or finish a story... or write...anything.
Anyways I hope you have enjoyed the The Shadow Dragon so far and love this next book!
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Rochester’s Annual Heritage Days is an outdoor event with a long tradition in the community. The show is held in Rochester’s scenic municipal park, providing a pleasant, family atmosphere. The festival can attract over 20,000 visitors and includes the Art and Craft show, musicians, family fun, car show and a variety of other activities. RAIN OR SHINE.
Monday, March 21, 2016
I am currently doing what I hope is the final read through for The Shadow Dragon book 3, and have been editing Story 16 (this story is almost done as far as getting ideas out). The last couple of weeks have been anything but normal for me so I haven't done as much work as I would have liked. As soon as I finish fixing the revisions from my editors, my niece who is almost finished reading Aleksertac (for the first time) is going to read through it and if she and my son approve then I will send Book 3 to copyright and it will be out this summer. I still want to split the book up (it is currently 138,901words), to me it seems like it should be and not just because of how long it is. However, that is a question I am posing to them as well. So I will keep you updated on that. Either way it should be out this summer (I know, finally!) With that being said, I am going to get back to that story!!
Monday, January 4, 2016
In my writers world it is looking very promising. The Huntsman's Daughter has had a wonderful first month... Not JK Rowling awesome, but for me awesome! I finished story 10 on New Year's Eve! It's not done, but it has a beginning, middle, and end. As of right now, it is at 112,254words. I am hoping to get Book 3 (The Shadow Dragon) published soon. I know - it was supposed to be published last summer. Once I get the edited manuscript back it will be my top priority. I also have 2 other stories which are very close to being finished. So that would be awesome if I can get those done soon too. I am looking forward to selling at more craft shows. This has become my favorite way of selling books. I really enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories of why they love to read, their hopes of becoming an author, or how happy they are to be speaking with someone who is doing what they love. It is so cool to see peoples eyes light up when they are talking about their ideas and thoughts that they hold dear to their hearts.
I think my favorite part of January is the optimism of the coming year. I know the year will have times that will drag me down, but I don't know them, I don't feel them in my soul. I just know that, right now, I am excited about what I can accomplish for my health, my family, my friends, people I haven't met yet, the books I can finish, the anticipation of stories I haven't yet created, the places I will go...
And yes I am so very excited about the movies coming out this year! So many hero movies! Woo Hoo!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
The Huntsman's Daughter came out in ebook on the same day and it has been doing pretty good! This, in case you didn't know, is an adult book because of the situations that occur. I am pretty amazed that I wrote it, and actually published it. Ha ha ha... I don't read those type of books but I thought why not write one. This book like all my others is still action packed, it twists and turns, has an adventure, and of course has a love story pulling it all together.
My daughter finished reading the "The Shadow Dragon: Orbs of Fire", which she confiscated from me a while back because she's been wanting to read one of my books and I kept telling her she wasn't old enough yet. So, she's been reading it, along with her required readings for school, while she sits next to me. She enjoyed it so much that she wrote a little Q&A on it for school. My favorite part was how she answered the question of why she liked it: "It was unpredictable and it's about a strong hearted girl." As an author, I loved hearing that she liked it. (Granted I knew she enjoyed it because she laughed and would tell me about the things she liked.) As a mom, I was proud of why she like it. Okay the author in me liked that part to!
The Shadow Dragon Book 3 is still in waiting process. One of my editors has had life happen and hasn't been able to get to it. So I apologize to those of you who are still waiting for me to publish it. I don't want to publish a disappointing story.
I have started and have almost finished another story. I still have to write the ending and a small bridge, but its almost 90,000 words and I am almost done fixing my revisions of the first draft onto my computer. This story took me by surprise. If you read my writing, you know I don't swear a whole lot. However, I am writing a character who does like to swear. My brain naturally wants to think of some other way to say it, but the character refuses. (It's as strange as it probably sounds.) I've finally relaxed and given him the freedom to say what he wants. ;)
I've also been finishing up Story 10. It's almost done. I have to go back and do some re-writing since I woke up one morning realizing that it's all wrong, because certain characters wouldn't do what they did. It's not horrible, actually helpful I think, because it was near the end and I was getting stuck, I'm pretty sure when I go back and fix it the story will come together nicely. This story is currently at 108,695words. Hmm... I wonder which of these two stories will be done first.
I must say that I am very unhappy with the lack of snow this year, it's almost Christmas and it's going to be 60 degrees - and it's only snowed once. If I wanted a warm winter I wouldn't live in Michigan. Come on, and snow already. The walks in the woods are not nearly as pretty as they should be. Although, we've had some pretty foggy mornings with heavy frost which were pretty awesome, but that's all gone by 10am.
(I apologize for any fragments or, more likely, run-ons in this blog. I've woke up at 4am this morning and my brain is going 100mph-ish in a hundred different directions. And for some reason, I thought now would be the perfect time to blog.)
I hope you have a wonderful day today!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Story 9 is finished and will be going to Copyright shortly. I have a title and cover in mind, but not sure just yet. Hopefully though in the next 3months I'll be releasing another book. Woo Hoo.
The Shadow Dragon book 3 has finally been given the "this is a good book" status. This means I am going to fix the errors and then hand it to my editors. I'm feeling a lot better about this book! Yes, I am going to make it just one book instead of two. So now I also have to decide on a title and a cover.
Story 13 is giving me problems, but hopefully I'll have it out shortly after I get The Shadow Dragon done!
Okay, sorry this is short, but I have lots to do.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
On top of all that I am enjoying the summer. It's great having the kids home all day. Although everything is changing because they're getting older, we still spend time doing things together just us. I've also discovered my knew favorite place to write and revise down at the park. The last time I was there I found a perfect spot on a bench by the river. My legs are too short to reach the ground so they just swing back and forth while I type. The scenery is perfect: not too close to the river or the playgrounds, I can glance up from my computer and see trees, feel the breeze and the warmth of the sun.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Shadow Dragon:
I have handed book three to my editors. I am still hoping to have it out this summer. I am now working on book four. I am almost halfway through it. The story keeps growing and evolving into more than I had expected. I have also updated the cover for Orbs of Fire and am posting its new look today. I am super excited with how it turned out. I finally figured out how to create fire, allowing me to make the orbs of fire appear the way they had in my mind. I did add a bright yellowish/white line down the center which is not part of what I had envisioned, but it created a more powerful appearance.
Also, I have pulled The Shadow Dragon series from Smashwords to put it in Amazon's KDP Select program. (Which means it isn't on Barnes&Nobles, Apple, or Kobo.) Why? Because I'm curious. My plan is to leave it there for the contracted 3months, and then take it out of the Select program and put it back on Smashwords, but still leaving it at Amazon. This is an experiment, so I'm not sure of the outcome yet.
I just finished reading through the first manuscript. And although a little frustrated, I have a better idea of where the characters are headed.
I had rewrote this story, limiting it to two points of view. I was so frustrated because the story had lost its heart - it felt disconnected. I had been ready to cry, because the story is really good, but I was having a hard time telling it in 3rd person and it won't work as 1st person. Then I remember there were two types of 3rd person, limited and omniscient (aka: head jumping). I read up on omniscient and my heart leapt with joy. This is how my story is supposed to be told! And crazily enough that was how I had originally started. So I have to go back and start from scratch, but at least I am a bit more confident about what I am doing.
I printed off the manuscript and am reading through it when I have time. I woke up a week or so ago realizing where I had gone wrong in that story and now I know what needs to happen. It sits in my car so when I'm out and about and know I will have some waiting to do I can bring it with me. For example: picking up the kids, doctor offices, boring time during sporting events, and so on.
My kids brought home a nasty virus and I couldn't focus on my writing for a couple of days so I adjusted my covers for the Solace books. There isn't much difference on book one, but I made book 2's cover look more like book 1's cover. I will be changing those on here also.
My friend just got back to me on this story (which is my attempt at an adult book). I gave this manuscript only to two people out of fear that it was awkward. My one friend gave it to me with honest feedback. She loved the story, but there were some parts that needed some touch-ups. So I fixed a few things and exchanged copies with my other friend (who normally edits for me) who hadn't started reading it yet. She just finished today and said it was really good. I asked "not hokey or stupid?" She said "not at all." I of course asked about the "adult" parts? She said "even those were really good." smile emoticon No, it won't be considered Romance because my one friend told me it doesn't really fit in that genre. So it will be Fantasy still, but not for everyone. Hee Hee. Still one more story almost ready to be published! Of course there's still the title and cover... Ugh... Nope. That's not going to bother me, I will figure it out like always!
Well I think that's everything in my writer's world. I hope you are enjoying your adventures too!
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Moving into 2015, "I Lived" by One Republic has rooted itself in my soul:
"Hope when the moment comes you'll say:
I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived..."
I hope this year that each day I will make sure I do something that makes me feel alive. I hope that even when things are bad, I'll believe there's better things to come. I hope I'll always remember that I am blessed because I made a positive difference in someone else's life. I hope at the end of each day I'll swear I lived.
This video is pretty awesome. I find One Republic pretty inspirational in their music and lyrics. And their last couple of videos have left me glad that I watched.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Three of eight books on Amazon! The Taken series will be next, and will most likely be out in January.
What else am I doing? Well, I've started re-reading Taken. I'm revising story 14 (almost done with doing that), and I started another story (I won't know until I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story). Writing this one has been strange. I woke up one morning about a week ago and just wanted to write. (I won't knountil I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story.) I had no idea about what, but I started writing - wrote 5000 words that day. Each time I sit down to work on this book it's like that. Brainstorming for this book has been just about zero, well consciously anyways. I'm at 19,000 words and I really haven't given it the time I normally give a new story, but still I'm impressed. It's when I'm writing it that I get ideas of what to do or what I should have done. Normally a new story takes up my waking hours (if I'm not writing then I'm brainstorming about the story - constantly), and this isn't even the one that has been whispering in my head. Perhaps with everything that is going on in my life and writer's world there just is no more conscious thought available. Ha Ha Ha... Maybe. I won't know until I revise the manuscript, but this might be my 1st short story.
Now that The Shadow Dragon series is on Amazon that will open up some time to get what I am currently working on done. As soon as I'm done revising Story 14, I'm going back to The Shadow Dragon book 3. Those thoughts are starting to yell at me. Which is a really good thing since I want to get it done in the next 3 months-ish so I can publish it in the summer!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
First! After much debate, I have begun the process of putting my books on Amazon. It wasn't as horrible and difficult to understand as the first time I had attempted it. As of last night, Heart of the Emperor is now selling at Amazon. I have added the link to the right, under "Where to find my books (ebooks)". Or you can click here! I am re-reading each of my books and touching up the stories. Only because I know I've (finally) learned a lot about sentence structure, flow, the over-use of certain words, and patience. After I re-read each book, I'll be formatting it for Amazon (Ugh. Not hard, just tedious and time consuming - that hasn't changed.) Also, my books will continue to stay at Smashwords, Barnes&Nobles, Apple, and Kobo, so if you don't care to shop on Amazon that's not a problem.
Second. I have The Shadow Dragon re-read and am almost done with Aleksertac. Those obviously will be the next books to go to Amazon. Which is important since I want to publish Book 3 summer of 2015. Re-reading them has been awesome. I was surprised with how much was set up for the sequel books, because when I wrote Aleksertac I did not know that the series would continue. Just one more thing to add to my amazement of my writing abilities.
Third. I am making revisions to Story 14 and am very happy with it's progress. Granted I haven't gotten to the part that needs rearranging yet, but I am adding more details and I like that.
Fourth. New voices have made their presence known. They have moved passed the whispering stage, but they are not consuming my mind yet so I am diligently working on the things above with hopes of finishing them before these new voices begin to yell and I cannot focus on anything but them.
I saw this the other day and downloaded it because it made me laugh at the truth of it:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Now I know I don't go into great detail, but that's only because as a reader I don't appreciate a lot of detail. I love reading stories that give me information without making me feel as though I don't have an imagination of my own. Unfortunately sometimes I think I err too much on the assumption that everyone has a wild imagination. (I'm a work in progress and I know it.)
With Taken, I move between two worlds one that is mine and one that we all know - Earth. In Not Human I stay on Earth. A friend asked me if I ever wrote stories on Earth and so I thought sure I can do that, but of course the scenery in that story isn't crucial to the story. It's not that I don't write with Earth as the backdrop because I don't like our planet. I very much love this planet we live on, nature never ceases to amaze me. However, I love the ability to see things differently and so I write new worlds to allow my imagination run wild. I loved writing the planet the Langiro (from Taken) lived on. It was the first time doing that since I was in 7th grade. And writing Solace was great because although the story starts on Earth, it was just the beginning. The Middle of Nowhere, as Karissa called it, created itself as I wrote it. I had no vision of it beforehand. It simply evolved as I created events for Karissa and Creature/Jack to survive. It would have been simple for either of them to survive, but to do it together I knew I had to get creative or the reader would get bored. And then creating the Zarran world in the second book created itself from Karissa's capabilities. It was spawned from the first couple of chapters in book one where she sees the military men on the cliffs and knows that the cliffs of the Stronghold wouldn't slow her down because of her agility and that her body was built for that terrain. In Heart of the Emperor, the story starts on a world that is beautiful, but I didn't want it to be just a place that everyone would want to live. It needed to be both beautiful and dangerous. And here is the world the Heart of the Emperor begins:
"X5401 had a beautiful landscape. There were tall mountains that were forested in the tall, thick plant-life which amazingly enough was able to grow in the rock-hard soil. Gentle, rolling hills led to the edges of steep valleys, giving the planet a tranquil ambiance between the mountains. From space the planet appeared a soft lavender because of the soil. However on the planet, everything varied in color from pastels to deep vibrant colors. The patches of green grass were the exact opposite of the soil and covered the ground sporadically over the planet, except on the mountains.
The air stung your nose and lungs, but it didn’t kill you, well not right away. A person’s body would adapt within ten minutes. With that being said, a person could be out in the open air for a day or two, three at the most. It was common within the first day to suffer from nose bleeds, headaches, and/or severe dry skin. By day two, most would lose their sense of direction, some became sterile, others lost their inhibitions, and a few have gone crazy. If a person was found by the end of day three, they were dead. Everyone who lived here has pushed their limits with the air at one point or another. I had suffered the nose bleeds, headaches, and lost my wits and inhibitions. Luckily though, that was only temporary - for some people it has been permanent."
From there Matix is taken to a world that, to all outsiders, is just as horrid to look at as the environment is. As stated in the description for the book it is a world where the sun never shines. I loved writing this world of rock and lava and how beauty really is all perspective.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I love when Candy Corn is in season! The ground is a colorful array of different shades of orange, red, and yellow - sometimes the leaves still holding a piece of summer's green. The crisp cool air in the morning that hasn't been captured by winter's freeze, allowing droplets of water to sparkle in the rising of the sun. There is something uniquely beautiful in the bare branches that reach for the sky. Cloudy or not, their darkness that marks summer's end contrasting the brightness of the sky holds me in awe of the nature that surrounds.
~ Amanda Schmidt
I do love this time of year, and the candy corn always taste the best - I often wonder if the bags I find at other times of the year are leftovers. I will sit down with a bag of candy corn and eat until my stomach aches. But does that deter me? Not a chance. As soon as one bag is gone, the next time I'm at the store I buy another - it's a vicious cycle really. I am a Michigan girl. I love each and every season and as one draws to a close, I anticipate the weather of the next with a smile.
I hope you also are enjoying the season... and the candy corn! Hee Hee
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Story 13 is pretty much done, except it was brought to my attention (as though I forgot) that I can't publish it without the next book being close to done. So I've started that. The story really does need more. The story doesn't leave you hanging, not really, but at the end you know there is definitely more to come. So I am working on that. I can't tell whether it will be a book 2 or I'll just add it to what I have. Only time will tell. Plus, I can't publish it because I do not have a title or cover idea, ugh. (I know big surprise, right.)
I have also been working on Story 14, and that was going really well until I realized that I wrote a section wrong. Gotta love when characters decide that the story you've written needs to be changed. So, I printed off a manuscript to restructure it. (This is when I want my "Ironman" computer. You know where the elements are up in front of me, tangibly, and I can grab and move things around and throw the other stuff away).
With all that going on I ended up having to work on story 12 too because it kept waking me up in the middle of the night. I am happy with the way that story is moving along too. Turned out that I had tried to put an event to close to the beginning, so once I moved that the story has been moving smoothly.
It is so amazing to me how each world I create keeps itself straight in my mind. I only have to read one sentence and everything becomes clear and my mind starts up right where I left off as though I had just been working on it. I feel truly blessed!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I am pleased to say that I do see the light for The Shadow Dragon series!! Not that I want it to be over, but I do want it to be published! It's not going to happen this year, because slowly, and surely (through the hard way) I am learning the significance of patience. (HA Ha ha...) I did hand off Story 13 to my "editors", got it back, and finished fixing it - which of course allowed me to make it longer. Partly because of the points that were made and partly because I could see some things that I missed - well you would have missed because I didn't write it in. I also re-read Not Human (which was solely for fun). I had been in my car when the song Far Away by Nickelback came on the radio. Which is the song that helped me breathe life into the images in my head for the ending of that book. So of course feeling those emotions again I had to read the story.
So there's my last thirty days. It's not that I haven't been writing, it's because I am writing. If I can be writing that is what I'm doing, or something that will hopefully make my writing better.
Came across this quote the other day and it made me smile (I thought "Yep!"). So I went and found this on the web:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
My answer: "I keep writing because I can't stop the flow of ideas that enter my mind. Inspiration is everywhere, and I love it. I didn't believe in myself as a writer for far too long, and now I live with the regret of listening to someone else's dream crushing mouth. I know that not everyone will like my writing, which is only fair since I don't like every author's writing either. I know being an indie writer makes it hard to be found, but I also know that I'm doing something I love and it makes me happy. Every moment I can spend time writing an adventure that I created is one more moment that I am smiling. God blessed me with this talent and I will not give up on my dream ever again. :) What keeps you writing?"
Reviews like the following are what help me to not lose faith in my ability:
"I really loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. As in her other books this writer kept me captivated, every time I thought I figured out where the story was going another twist or turn took me in a new direction. I especially enjoyed the ending." (Not Human review found at Smashwords)
"I sooooo enjoyed this series and I would love it if there was a third book. I have two young kids and it took alot of willpower to put this down when they needed attention." (Taken review found at Barnes&Nobles)
"The action and adventure that Karissa has is refreshing. I love that she is strong and capable. I highly recommend this book." (Solace:Uncharted Territory review found at iBooks)
One person sharing that they really enjoyed the adventure that I wrote brightens my whole day. Maybe it's the hopeless romantic in me - and the fact that I write with my heart and soul - but those few words grip tight to my heart and energize me. It isn't the reason I write, but it sure keeps me believing that I am doing something amazing, something more than I ever thought I could!
I love writing. Honestly, I'm not sure I could ever stop. There always seems to be something to be told. In the last 24 hours I have added 10,000words to a story that I was seriously worried wasn't going to make it into a novel. It's still not long enough, but the way it is all coming together, the excitement that is building within me, the clarity that I am seeing the story with leaves no doubts that it will be long enough. And on top of that I have two other books that have awakened from their simmering, and the book I received back from my "editors" is awaiting it's sequel.
So now I pass the question on to you. Whether it be journal entries, novels, short stories, poetry, published works, writings you will never let anyone else read... What keeps you writing?