Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday Mishmash 10/22/18


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. New Cozy Mystery Logo  I have a new author logo for my cozy mysteries! I love it so much. Red Umbrella Graphic Designs did a fantastic job with it. Check it out. 
  2. Editing  I finished a client edit this weekend, and I'm diving into a new one today.
  3. Facebook Lives  I did my first Facebook Live video last week, and I laughed so hard at myself. I couldn't figure out how to turn the video off. Somehow I didn't see the "finish" button at the bottom. I also rolled my eyes at myself on video. Needless to say, I'll be doing more videos because I love to laugh at myself. ;) If you want to see the video, you can view it on my page here.
  4. Piper Ashwell Psychic P.I. Short  I wrote a short prequel to the Piper Ashwell Psychic P.I. series. This is what happens when I gain hours in the workweek. ;) Anyway, A Sight for Psychic Eyes is being edited and will be ready soon! I'll share more details when I have them.
  5. Yes, I'm still writing paranormal  Since I'm launching my cozy mystery brand, I want to address a question that some people have asked me: Will I still write paranormal and romance? The answer to both is yes. Ashelyn Drake isn't going anywhere. She will forever be a romance author. And I will continue to write paranormal because I love it. In fact, my cozy mystery series features a psychic, so technically... If you like subtle hints of paranormal, you might want to give my cozy series a try. If not, that's okay too!
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Mishmash 10/15/18


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. New FB author page  Since I'm going to be writing cozy mysteries, which are very different than the paranormal novels I usually write, I've created a separate FB author page. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, please follow my page here.
  2. New FB reader group as well  I've also created Kelly's Cozy Corner, a VIP reader group on Facebook. Members will get sneak peeks at covers and excerpts as well as free advanced e-copies of my cozy mysteries. You can request to join here.
  3. A new newsletter too!  If you aren't a paranormal or romance fan, you probably didn't subscribe to my newsletter. But...I now have a cozy mystery newsletter. You'll only get updates about my cozy mysteries. Interested? You can subscribe here.
  4. Editing  I'm editing for a client again this week. October is booked solid for me.
  5. Saying goodbye to a pet  On Friday morning, I discovered our hermit crab had passed away. My daughter was heartbroken, of course. So now we are a one-pet household. My poor daughter has already had to say goodbye to one dog, our cat, and our hermit crab. We're giving Hadley, our lovable German Shepherd/Greyhound mix (or Shephound as I like to say), lots of extra cuddles to help us get through another loss.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Mishmash 10/8/18


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Love Chronicles boxed set  I boxed my Love Chronicles trilogy! You can now grab all three book in one boxed set. 
    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2zMmHB6
    B&N: https://bit.ly/2IChnTi
    iBooks: https://apple.co/2zOy1fT
    Kobo: https://bit.ly/2IyFnqr 
  2. A Vision A Day Keeps the Killer Away eARCS  I have some eARCs of A Vision A Day Keeps the Killer Away, my cozy mystery in the Death and Damages boxed set. If you'd like an advanced reader copy, just let me know. I'd be happy to send you one. 
  3. Extra time  I'm seriously blown away by the amount of work I can get done in a week with all my daughter's after school activities. I actually have to take breaks now or I get eye strain.
  4. Death and Damages FREE coloring book!  Did you know there is a free coloring book for my Death and Damages boxed set? There is! You can download it here
  5. Editing  I'm working through another client edit this week.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday Mishmash 10/1/18


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Hello October  I always feel like as soon as August arrives, it's suddenly October. September flies by. And here we are again.
  2. Editing  I have a packed editing schedule this month. I'm talking no breaks at all.
  3. Even more hours in my day!  My daughter is involved in so many things at school that I'm gaining even more hours to work during the week. Five more hours to be exact!
  4. Two releases this month?  Okay, so I'm releasing my Love Chronicles boxed set this month for sure, but I also might rerelease my Runes World novella, which has been completely redone to omit any references to the Runes World since Kindle Worlds are now a thing of the past. Fingers crossed I can work this into my schedule.
  5. Open House  This week is also Open House at my daughter's school.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Halloween Ride by Elaine Kaye

Today I'm handing my blog over to Elaine Kaye, who has a new book out in time for Halloween. Welcome, Elaine!

When I was little, my favorite part of Halloween was the moment my parents brought down the Halloween boxes full of play clothes. We would dress up for days and days before Halloween, trying to decide what we would be. My favorite outfit was a cowgirl. Back then, we used pillowcases to collect candy. Or I would decorate a brown paper bag.

After I had a family of my own, I was able to really get into the Halloween spirit. I went all-out with decorating the house. The best décor I did was life-sized ghosts, holding hands in a circle around the palm tree in our front yard. They were made out of white sheets and shovels in the ground, and their hands were tied to make it look as though they were really holding hands. Once, I even encased our porch in fake spider webbing. It looked so real.

While my kids were growing up, I would go trick-or-treating with them dressed as a witch. Every year, I would bring out the witch costume, which consisted of a black dress; a cape; a plastic witch’s hat; and long, fake black hair with white streaks. I loved to dress up as the witch. He-he-he. So, there’s no wonder that there’s a witch in Halloween Ride!

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BLURB: One Halloween night, Gregory and his teddy bear Sammy go trick-or-treating, hoping for lots and lots of candy. But Sammy is scared of everything and is constantly asking, “What’s that?” Gregory gets annoyed until one of those things turns out to be a flying broomstick. And this broom wants them to go for a ride. Where will it take them? 

*Story picture book Ages 4-8.

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Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.
She is a grandmother of three boys.



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Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Mishmash 9/24/18


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Happy Fall  My favorite season is here! And it came with true fall temperatures, too. Bring on the hot tea, boots, and sweaters!
  2. Editing  I'm finishing up an edit for a client this week.
  3. Picture Day  I'm helping out with picture day at my daughter's school on Tuesday. It's my first time helping out with the PTO at her new intermediate school.
  4. Amazon Giveaway  I'm hosting an Amazon giveaway for my newsletter subscribers. Look for it in tomorrow's newsletter. If you aren't a subscriber, you can subscribe here.
  5. Revising  I'm hoping to get in some time later this week to revise one of my own books.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Mishmash 9/17/18


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Editing  My editing schedule is booked solid until November 15th. That's good news for me.
  2. Still no school for Ayla  The strike continues. :( 
  3. Reviews  Lately it seems harder than ever to get people to review books, and with Amazon removing reviews, it's really hurting sales. I wish Amazon would cross post reviews from Goodreads. I always have so many more reviews on Goodreads than Amazon.
  4. Goodbye Createspace  KDP moved all my books over from Createspace, which caused a few glitches. I'm trying to get everything sorted out, and I'm not happy that I'll need to reorder proofs I've already paid for. As if authors make good money to have to pay for things twice, right?
  5. Halloween  I admit my house is already decorated for Halloween. I couldn't help myself.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?