Where has the time gone?

Wow! Life got super busy. I haven’t been writing since I finished Psyche because I’ve been reading and working on my fitness classes. Those classes used to be my “real” job. Now they really are a real job! Subbing, training, and my regular classes are taking up a ton of time (preparation still takes awhile for me sometimes). Then there’s my mommy duties, misc stuff, reading and I’m swamped! Also I may or may not have been playing video games when I shouldn’t have been a couple weeks back.

I don’t give a review for everything I read (especially here), but here are the books I’ve been indulging in:

  • Kurkow Prison by Ron Ripley (Team Scarestreet) audiobook presently reading
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weiss & Tracy Hickman presently reading
  • Captain Underpants #9 by Dav Pilkey presently reading
  • Grimm Fairy Tales Vol 1 by Ralph Tedesco presently reading
  • Sanford Asylum by Ron Ripley (Team Scarestreet) audiobook
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton audiobook
  • Treat by Mary E Twomey
  • Red Winter by Annette Marie
  • Dark Tempest by Annette Marie
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker audiobook
  • Captain Underpants #1-7, 11, 12 by Dav Pilkey
  • The Lighthouse by Ron Ripley (Team Scarestreet) audiobook
  • The Town of Griswold by Ron Ripley (Team Scarestreet) audiobook
  • Tempt by Mary E Twomey

Yeeeeaaah…I read a lot of audiobooks. Mainly to save my eyes. And then all the Captain Underpants books are bedtime reading for my son. Honestly, though, I really suggest adults read them too. They’re hilarious! It’s my son’s current favorite series.

We discovered the series with #8 back in January or so and read in whatever order we could get them. He has fabulous memory when it comes to these stories but each book gives a short recap of what happened before if the two books are connected. If not, it gives a short recap of how Captain Underpants became Captain Underpants. We’re almost done with #9 and then he just checked out #10 yesterday from his school’s library so we’ll be done with the series within the week.

That Grimm Fairy Tales book is a graphic novel and it kinda sucks. I was hoping for some interesting stories but they’re pretty ho hum with some even being annoying. Very disappointed. I checked out 4 volumes from the library but I think I’ll return them all after I’ve finished this first volume. As you can see from my reading list above, I don’t have time for boring books.

My Goodreads reading challenge for 2017 is to read 150 books this year. Last year I challenged myself to read 100 and I went way over. Yay! So far I’ve finished 32 books and am 5 books ahead of schedule.

I’m sure I’ll fall into a groove by April…or May…at which point I’ll start incorporating writing back into my schedule. I’m sorry to say but when writing doesn’t pay the bills, it gets set on the back burner if there’s something else that does.

I just need to finish all this training crap and get settled into my new SilverSneakers classes and then everything will be good.

*fingers crossed*

However, one good thing! Night’s Treasure will be free for awhile on instaFreebie! So get it while you can! And please please PLEASE if you read it, leave a review on Amazon. Nobody knows if my books are any good if no one reviews them. I’m not above begging…that’s why I’ve put it up for free on instaFreebie. I’ll give the book to anybody who shows even a modicum of interest at this point if it’ll garner me some reviews. Obviously, I’ll give it away even if it doesn’t get me reviews because so far that’s what I’ve been doing.

Happy reading!

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors 9 – Night’s Treasure

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Weekend Writing Warriors | #8Sunday | 1/1/17

If you want to read other writer’s work, meet those writers, or participate yourself stop on by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week writers get together here to share their work, published or unpublished.

Here’s my newest snippet (10 sentences) from Night’s Treasure for your reading pleasure. Just some quick info on it. This happens soon after the last snippet with the ritual. The house is on fire. The unknown woman talking to Sophy is Nyx, the goddess of night.

——– Night’s Treasure ——–

“Please, you must trust me. I know it is a lot to ask especially after the life you have led but, please. You must leave this place; you cannot stay here.”

“I have nowhere to go,” Sophy whispered.

As if on cue the roaring inferno from the basement burst through into the rest of the house, filling the night with flames. The intense heat stole Sophy’s breath and threatened to sear her skin where she lay crumpled int he grass. It consumed the house in seconds.

“Hermes,” the lady said, brisk and business-like. “The time has come. Take Sophia and wait for me by the mouth of the Styx.”

——– End of snippet ——–

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If you liked this snippet and you’re interested in reading the rest of the book, Night’s Treasure is available to buy as an ebook on Amazon for $2.99. Reviews are much appreciated! I’m trying to get some of those. I had some but Amazon deleted them for some reason. I think it had something to do with them being from family members. My family’s pretty honest (even when it’s bad though these weren’t), but it broke the review guidelines so Amazon took them down.

Weekend Writing Warrior 8 – Night’s Treasure

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I’m back to participating with the Weekend Writing Warriors! If you want to read other writer’s work, meet those writers, or participate yourself stop on by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every week writers get together here to share their work, published or unpublished. #8Sunday

Here’s my newest snippet (9 sentences) from Night’s Treasure for your reading pleasure.

-Night’s Treasure-

“Daphne berries,” he informed with his rasping whisper.  “Mixed with poppies.  A merciful way to die.  You will slip off to sleep and awake in Tartarus or the Underworld, depending on which route you take.”

The rise of her chest was imperceptible as Sophy drew a shuddering breath that she feared would be one of her last.  The cloying aftertaste of Leuco’s draught was sharp and disgusting on her tongue.

“You do not offer yourself of your own free will,” he stated.

“I do.”  Her voice was a hoarse whisper as she forced out the lie.

-end of Night’s Treasure excerpt-

nights-treasure-4Night’s Treasure is a fantasy novel that delves into the world of Greek mythology. It follows Sophy, a demigod and daughter of Nyx, as she endeavors to find a way to gain immortality and join the family she’s always wanted but never had in Tartarus. However, there are powerful gods who have no intention of letting her disappear into the darkness below the Underworld and Sophy must fight for her life and her freedom before she can find peace and love. But will her power over the dark by enough or will she fall prey to the selfish, cruel gods who seek to use her?

This novel has been published by Kathryn St. John…in other words, by me. You can find it as an e-book on Amazon for $2.99. HOWEVER! Wait another week or so and you’ll be able to download it for FREE!

In honor of the holidays and as an end of year bang, I’m giving Night’s Treasure away for FREE on Amazon! Yay! I thought a fun freebie for the end of the year would be nice. Really, I just want people to be enjoying my stories like I do. It makes me so happy when I hear that other people enjoyed it.

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My only request is to please please please leave a review so I know how I did and what I should work on and so others have a guide to let them know how the book is. It’s not mandatory or anything, but I would seriously appreciate it!

Don’t forget! The last week of 2016!

12/26 – 12/30.

I would’ve made it longer but I’m only allowed 5 days. Sorry about that. But 5 days is more than enough to download it! Tell your friends, tell your relatives, tell everyone!

Night’s Treasure on Amazon NOW!

nights-treasure-4Night’s Treasure is now available on Amazon as an e-book for the Kindle and Kindle app. It came out on December 1st, 2016 and I couldn’t be happier! Well, I could. I could if everyone in the world was buying it, but that’s never going to happen. Not even Agatha Christie or the Bible has been bought by every single person in the world.

I don’t know if I’d want that kind of success anyway though. Imagine how many haters there’d be out there because of course not everyone likes the same things. I don’t think I could take that kind of negativity. Or popularity for that matter.

Anyway, December 1st I woke up all excited to check out Amazon and see my book on display to be bought. That is, until I found out our internet was down.

shocked_chibi_girl_by_dokidokimaddy-d4uejkhMy husband was at work (he wouldn’t have known how to fix it anyway) and it was too early to call my dad for help, so I rolled up my figurative sleeves and started messing with the internet box. After a couple failed attempts, I fixed it! For those out there wondering how to do so: I turned off the box, then unplugged it from the other box it was connected to (I’m so detailed and knowledgeable), counted to 10, then plugged it back in and switched the box back on. VOILA! Magic.

So with my new Ms Fix-It status securely in my ego, I proceeded to get on Amazon and revel in the glory of having a book published. A minute later I had the bright idea to take a screenshot and post it on FB. My first guessed attempt failed.

Problem: I had no idea how to do that anymore. I learned in high school but it’s been well over a decade since then so I’ve forgotten.

Solution: Google it!

Directions immediately came up. And they were so easy! So I tried. Failed again. Then I saw that laptop users needed to press another button. Oh. Feeling like my Ms Fix-It status was getting tarnished, I tried again. WOOHOO! Success!

So I went to FB and uploaded the picture there. Huh. I peered at it – it looked kind of weird. Where was my e-book cover? I clicked it for a closer look.

I took a screenshot of the directions for how to take a screenshot.

OMG! What’s wrong with me???!!! In mild shame and deep stupidity, I took another screenshot of my book’s Amazon page and uploaded it onto FB. Everything was great and 100% perfect so I once more esteemed myself and lauded in my brilliance!

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Yeah, I was on Cloud 9 yesterday and had a great time all day. I was gushing on the phone to my dad after those technical wonders and caught myself giving a Queen wave at the walls. Seriously!

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I was talking on the phone and telling my dad how I had figured out tech stuff that kids are now born knowing and my hand went straight up in the air and did a Queen wave at the walls! When I realized what I was doing, I burst out laughing and of course told my dad who laughed at me too. When I did it again, I announced it and he joined in. Queen waves to all walls everywhere!

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Available for Pre-Order: Night’s Treasure

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My debut novel, Night’s Treasure, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It is currently only available as an e-book for the Kindle or Kindle App. Night’s Treasure is a fantasy novel bordering on dark fantasy and focuses on ancient Greek mythology.

For Sophy, an unloved and unwanted demigod, happiness seemed an impossibility until one night when she made a deal with the god of death and was flung into a dangerous world of ancient gods and unknown possibilities.

Forced to please her manipulative brother, Sophy makes a deal with Thánatos: herself as Death’s bride for her brother’s immortality. Doing so unearths the family she dreamt of having, but in order to join them in Tartarus she must first gain immortality and she must do it on her own. Her journey takes her from the underground labyrinths of Hypnos’ Palace to the cloudy realm of Zeus; from a mysterious garden at the end of the world to the depths of the Underworld where her fate is at last decided.

Powerful gods intent on their own selfish plans are determined that she bend to their will and give up her quest and her betrothed. She’ll need all of her power over light along with a fair amount of luck in order to survive and not end up a plaything of the gods.

If you’ve ever been curious about the gods who weren’t part of the 12 Olympians (and Hades/Persephone) or if you’re tired of only ever reading about the 12 Olympians (and Hades/Persephone) and want a taste of something new, here you go! While I do include a handful of the mainstream gods/goddesses, I also delve into the lesser known deities and mythological creatures.

For example, some of the lesser known deities are:

  • Nyx
  • Thanatos
  • Icelus
  • Phantasos

Yes, the names are Greek. Yes, they are hard to read and hard to pronounce. I realize this puts some people off, but I wasn’t about to rename ancient gods. I see other authors doing that and sometimes it’s fine and I have fun playing match the unknown deity with the new name, but other times it doesn’t work.

My goal was not to change the gods but to try to breathe new life into them. I wanted to create my own story and weave it into the preexisting myths while changing as little as possible (preferably nothing at all). That was the hardest part in writing this book. There are different versions of the myths and many times the versions don’t agree with each other or they do but they argue about details or leave details out.

In my attempt to recreate the world of ancient Greek gods and place my own characters in it in a way that would work, I had to choose single versions of myths whilst combining other versions. It didn’t matter to me if the myths came from different people because the fact remains that each variation is out there and is known to some degree.

Anyway, Night’s Treasure is a little less than 250 pages (according to Amazon) and will be selling for $2.99. I hope you go on over to Amazon and add my book to your collection. Greek mythology is so much fun. I really hope you enjoy the path I’ve taken with it. Sophy’s story doesn’t end here nor does my trip through Greek mythology as I have a sequel to Night’s Treasure in the works along with several novellas in line to write as well.

Also, I had fun with Pinterest some time back saving pictures connected with Greek mythology and with how I imagined Night’s Treasure might look. Check it out, it’s just for fun.

COMING SOON – Night’s Treasure

After years of revising, editing, and figuratively sitting on it, here’s the beginning of Sophy’s story – NIGHT’S TREASURE.

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For Sophy, an unloved and unwanted demigod, happiness seemed an impossibility until one night when she made a deal with the god of death and was flung into a dangerous world of ancient gods and unknown possibilities.

Forced to please her manipulative brother, Sophy makes a deal with Thánatos: herself as Death’s bride for her brother’s immortality.  Doing so unearths the family she dreamt of having, but in order to join them in Tartarus she must first gain immortality and she must do it on her own.  Her journey takes her from the underground labyrinths of Hypnos’ Palace to the cloudy realm of Zeus; from a mysterious garden at the end of the world to the depths of the Underworld where her fate is at last decided.

Powerful gods intent on their own selfish plans are determined that she bend to their will and give up her quest and her betrothed.  She’ll need all of her power over light along with a fair amount of luck in order to survive and not end up a plaything of the gods.

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Keep a look-out for my first-ever novel, NIGHT’S TREASURE. Available for $2.99 on Amazon as an e-book for the Kindle. Coming 12/1/16.

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