Love Over Kpop By Marilyn Vix & Giveaway

Image courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions

GENRE:  Rockstar (Kpop) Romance

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ABOUT VELLA:

What is Vella? A Rundown of the New Platform for Readers

What is Vella? It’s a new reading platform by Amazon available through their website or the Kindle iOS app.

It works very similar to other online serial platforms like Wattpad and Radish, with a coin or token pay system to unlock episodes.

Each story has 3 FREE episodes to get the flavor of the story, and then can be unlocked further after purchasing tokens.

The tokens can be purchased in different packages, with more given for the more expensive bundles.

Paid episodes are priced by word count. For example, 3500 words in an episode would be 35 tokens.

The word limit on Vella per episode is 600 to 5,000 words. So, no episode can be more than 50 tokens or at the very least, 6 tokens.

When logging into Amazon’s website or through the iOS app, you can get 200 free tokens to start reading.

You can follow stories and like individual episodes. After purchasing your first bundle of tokens, you are awarded a weekly “Fav” which you can bestow on your favorite story you’ve read that week.

The likes, favs and follows all help stories become more visible in the system like many other platforms.

The fastest and easiest way to find stories are to follow direct links to them.

Each story is assigned an ASIN, but I have found that search abilities on Vella can be hard to isolate.

The easiest way to find Vella stories by your favorite author is by doing a search with their author name, a combination of their story title and their author name, or just the story name.

Searching for just Vella doesn’t seem to bring up much yet. But the system is still new, and things are being sorted out daily as the platform gets more use.

To find “Love Over Kpop” by Marilyn Vix:

•           Search for Marilyn Vix, Love Over Kpop Marilyn Vix, or Love Over Kpop

•           Use the direct story link.

•           Pick up your 200 FREE TOKENS!

•           READ THE FIRST 3 EPISODES FOR FREE!

•           Follow and “Fav” to stay on top of new episodes posted weekly.

-Marilyn Vix

BOOK BLURB:

Trish Russo has just started a job at an agency in LA that is paired with a Korean agency to help with managing the band, Friends5, in the States.

But the finicky Woo In-ho won’t come out of his trailer to film the current music video.

Trish is asked, as the new assistant, to talk to him. She tries to talk to him like a regular person.

He responds to the normal treatment, but on one condition. She needs to help out and be in the video.

What is a girl to do when a gorgeous K-pop Idol asks you to be in his video? Then, she reads the scene she is to appear in. There’s a scripted kiss.

Will it all just be acting? Or will she let her feelings get entangled with In-ho threatening her new career?

Image courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions

Author Giveaway:

The author is awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter.

Giveaway Link

About The Author:

Marilyn is a paranormal romance novelist. She enjoys the characters that just don’t fit in.

From witches to time traveling researchers, she is letting her imagination soar to explore new worlds and write all the details down.

Marilyn has traveled to Paris, London, Sydney, and Munich. She loves to include these in her settings as much as can allow.

Best of all is letting her readers enjoy them through the perspective of a character. Here love for K-pop has produced her current rock star/K-pop romance project, Love Over Kpop, available on Kindle Vella.

She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and cat. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarilynVix

Twitter: @MarilynVix

Website: http://marilynvix.com

Vella: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Over-Kpop/dp/B0945ZBBSH

She’s The One Who Doesn’t Say Much & Giveaway

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Excerpt

He and I celebrated Svi together during our first year of advanced studies. I’d already observed several holidays with others and didn’t hesitate when he asked me to enjoy Noruz with him, too. But after Noruz, he looked at me differently. He tried to touch me all the time. No matter what I did, he was always around. I had second thoughts about celebrating Keva with him, but no clear reason to say no.

His passion that night exceeded anything I’d encountered, and the next day he begged me to return to his bed and never leave. That’s when I knew I had a problem. I didn’t want Magomet for a lover or a husband. Yet, he was my friend, my benefactor in the sense of letting me use his parents’ studio, and a close buddy to every other friend I had. What to do?

So, I came up with a creative solution. I would put all of my sexual energy into my art. Better to live without sex, than to have a lover I didn’t want or to lose my closest friends and, along with them, the future I craved. How hard could being celibate be? At least two of my older sisters had largely managed it, and they seemed fine.

When I declared to everyone at school that I would begin directing my sexual energy to my painting, I meant it. My announcement caused curiosity and some admiration, but Magomet’s reaction differed. I saw his disappointment and hints of anger. Then, within a few days, I saw his acceptance. He could wait. I’d come around, and he’d be there with open arms.

Thus, he and I began the strange dance we still did over a year later. He pretended to be a staunch supporter of my lifestyle, and I pretended I didn’t notice his touches and the longing in his eyes. Our friends ignored it all.

The problem with my brilliant solution was that I still wanted to have sex, only with other people besides Magomet. Worse yet, once intimacy wasn’t an option, I craved it in a way I never had.

Image courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions

Author Giveaway

S. R. Cronin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

About The Author

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels.  She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.

Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cinnabar01

Facebook: www.facebook.com/46Ascending

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.r.cronin/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5805814.Sherrie_Cronin

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Sherrie-Cronin/e/B007FRMO9Q

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/s-r-cronin

Author Blog: https://sherriecronin.xyz/

Book Series Blog: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/

Buy Link:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Doesnt-Stories-Seven-Troublesome-Sisters-ebook/dp/B09128H2YJ

What Should You Bring To An Author Event?

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If you’re like me, you need a quick and easy method to remember the essentials when you travel. The same holds true for author events.

After two years, I finally made my first in-person appearance at the Collingswood Book Festival. Most of my supplies had been stored away for a while, so I had to refresh my knowledge of my inventory.

Naturally, after so much time, my supply list had vanished and I had to start from scratch. Not a big deal, I’ve done numerous events, so composing a new list wasn’t difficult.

Image by Shahid Abdullah from Pixabay

Here’s my Handy-Dandy List:

1. Table

2. Table cloth

3. Chair

4. Canopy

5. Weights for the canopy so it won’t blow over

6. Pens

7. Sharpies

8. Business Cards

9. Clipboard with email sign-up list

10. Banner with logo

11. Books

12. Book Swag: bookmarkers, etc.

13. Paypal or Square credit card reader

14. Any Passwords you might need

15. Dollar bills for change

16. Plastic bags/reusable bags for customer purchases

17. Snacks

18. Water

19. Book Stands

20. Velcro

21. Index cards

22. Sticky Notes

23. Blank Paper

24. Phone or camera

25. Tape

26. Scissors

27. Check the weather so you can dress appropriately for the event

Other Tips To Remember:

Be sure to order your books well in advance of your event to ensure you have them in time. Many publishers are experiencing delays in production and shipping.

Also, check out Venmo. I just learned about this alternative form of payment and I’m so glad I did.

My Paypal Here card reader wasn’t working and Venmo saved the day. I didn’t lose any sales when customers didn’t have cash to pay.

Do you have any items to add to the list?

Interview With Author Katherine Monroe

Photo courtesy of Katherine Monroe

By way of introduction, here is Katherine Monroe’s bio:

A native of Poland, Katherine Monroe, is an artistic soul who enjoys learning foreign languages and writing stories in various genres, with flavors from many cultures (especially East Asia).

Hello, Katherine, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

Thank you for having me.

When did the writing bug ensnare you?

I think it was when I was between 10 and 12 years old. My family and I were on vacation with my uncle, when my younger sister and I made a contest with him to write the best short horror story – it was then I thought about being a writer in the future.

Is writing your full-time profession?

Unfortunately, no, I’m just beginning my journey. I can’t pay my bills with money from books yet, so I have to work in other fields as well.

How long have you been writing?

I started as a 10-year-old, so I have been writing for 20 years, of course with some hiatus along the way since my teens to late twenties.

Have you won any literary awards?

I won 2nd place in a popularity contest on Fictionate.me, the main platform I publish on, with my thriller novel Blossom Tears.

How many published books have you written?

Six novels, counting in the three parts of my series Light & Darkness. Another two are in the making 🙂

Which genres do you write?

Mostly Fantasy/Romance, but I wrote two novels from the Thriller/Crime/Suspense genres.

What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?

Thriller is the most challenging since I rarely write in this genre because it’s hard to write a good thriller suspense story. Fantasy is quite easy for me because it lets me freely use my imagination.

What are you working on now?

I will be writing Light & Darkness: Book 4 and currently I am writing a Fantasy/Romance novel called Love of the Snow-White Fox.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

In a lot of places: music, movies, other books, sometimes all around me, while meeting various people.

What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?

Every positive comment, where people say they loved the story, is rewarding, showing me I should keep on writing because my novels can make others happy.

What advice would you give to authors just starting out?

Never give up, especially if writing is something you love to do, read a lot, learn from others to improve your writing, look for inspiration everywhere: from various cultures to everyday life, you never know where you’ll find a great book idea.

Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?

I just want them to know I appreciate every opinion and hope that my novels are making them happy.

What message are you sharing in your books?

Most of my books contain a “love can change the world” idea, so I wish my readers would regain hope in the strength of love, since I believe in it with all my heart.

What are your favorite books?

I love Stephen King’s works, also Anne Rice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Overall horror books are my favorite, mostly in vampiric themes. I also like period romances like Jane Austen’s books.

If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?

Anne Rice for sure, Bram Stoker and Jane Austen for sure 🙂

Also, Stephen King, of course. And many more I don’t remember right now.

Who has influenced your writing the most?

I think maybe Japanese anime. Many of my fantasy novels have elements of it. Korean detective dramas definitely inspired my thriller’s.

When you’re not writing, where can we find you?.

Anywhere there is good music, peace and nature.

A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie, and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?

Hmm, that’s a hard question, but maybe as a passerby? I don’t want any big role, to be honest 🙂

An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?

I would definitely ask if he needed any help, also about his tattoo, and maybe I would also give him some hot tea with honey.

What are your most effective marketing strategies?

Just promoting on social media, I guess. Although I’m not the best at marketing 🙂

But for sure, a pretty graphic or video about your novel is always eye-catching.

Do you have a website/Facebook page, etc?

Yes, on Facebook you can find me as Katherine Monroe, which is my pen name, facebook.com/KatherineMonroePL . I also have an active Instagram as eastasiaaddict_pl

Where can we find your books?

Most of them are on Fictionate.me or Dreame platform.

I also have some on reading apps like Readict, GoodNovel, OnReading, Libri & Bravonovel.

More info can be found on my Facebook’s author page: facebook.com/KatherineMonroePL

Book Links:

Love of the Snow White Fox (Fantasy/Romance): http://fictionate.me/…/6CC28753-66A8-463B-A5F9...
The Scarlet Angels (Supernatural/Thriller/Psychological):
fictionate.me/books/4AA26379-BA2F-427B-BEB2-5D6982A01CAF
Blossom Tears (Suspense/Thriller/Crime):
fictionate.me/books/802D2F68-CFC2-456C-B28E-D96594FA6C0E
Black Roses (Paranormal/Romance):
fictionate.me/books/659E3E83-7E05-4384-B183-3EA585146E24
Moonlight Waltz (Fantasy/Romance/Adventure):
dreame.com/novel/41RMVRIGEjiifqx6Du%2FVLQ%3D%3D.html
Scarlet Rose (Fantasy/Romance/Vampire):
dreame.com/novel/vg%2B7KCUB6T6zQWrxhS7SrQ%3D%3D.html
(For Dreame: Better copy+paste the link instead of just clicking, it may redirect you to the Dreame home page)

Light & Darkness series:

Book 1: fictionate.me/books/C04685C6-EE28-4EC4-8E38-24FE46D993BA
Book 2: fictionate.me/books/7542FA3D-4629-4EA7-81AE-E076D78E6D2D
Book 3 : fictionate.me/books/7A12E281-648D-4F1E-BC5A-04EF27B853EF

Thank you, Katherine, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!

Katherine Monroe’s Featured Book: Available September 1, 2021

Book Link: fictionate.me/books/6CC28753-66A8-463B-A5F9-264F62685BA6

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/219063840083721

Book Description:

Soo Jung is a gumiho – a Korean nine-tailed fox spirit – but also one of her kind, with a fur as white as snow.

After being saved by a human, she walks down from the mountain, turning into her human form, but soon tragic events occur and Soo Jung escapes to the mountains and falls asleep for a long time, not intending to wake up.

However, one day she is awoken by a dream about a man who resembles her long lost love. Soo Jung goes down from the mountain once again. She soon discovers the world has drastically changed and tries to fit in, while searching for the man from her dream.

Time Management, What’s That?

Sorry I’ve been away, but here’s what I’ve been up to.

Okay, so I’ve returned to the classroom full time and I’m struggling to carve out space in my day for writing posts like this one.

Let me rephrase my original statement, I’m finding it difficult to carve out space in my day for creative writing. I’ve been writing plenty of lesson plans.

Right before I went back to work, I adjusted my daily schedule to look like this.

I wanted to direct my efforts on finishing up the ever-growing pile of manuscripts I’ve accumulated over the years. Pretty efficient right?

I thought so. I also believed I’d be able to tweak the schedule to encompass everything I wished to do in a week when I returned to work.

Well, it hasn’t worked out. I forgot how drained I am after working all day.

Image by mathey from Pixabay

(A wonderful impersonation of me when I get home from work! WAKE UP!!)

To get back on track, I’ve brainstormed strategies to include creative writing along with all the other stuff I need to do in my day.

Here’s what I’ve come up with: I need to stop cramming so much stuff into my schedule! At this point in my life, this should be a no-brainer, but every so often I must reexamine what I’m doing and remember this important tip.

I’m a slow learner sometimes!

Another simple trick I’ve come up with is to bring my laptop or journal to work and write during my lunch hour at least one day a week.

I’m also going to set up my folding table again with all the supplies I need to complete one manuscript at a time. This includes adding a timer and setting it for hour increments followed by a break. I was doing this several months back, and it worked splendidly.

List of Supplies:
Different colored pens
Pencils
Sticky notes File folders that have storyline ideas and research Robin Woods’ Prompt Me Novel (Tons of great ideas for writers in this workbook.)

I do have a writing desk, but I use it for composing lesson plans for other authors, book reviews, and loads of other things. Are you seeing a pattern here? Yeah, my mind is always going. Dare I say, visions of sugarplums fill my head even while I’m awake.

How do you carry out your creative writing schedule with a full-time job?