A Final Sneak Peek…

Allan and Helen Krummenacker are presenting the latest installment of the Para-Earth Series! Don’t miss the chance to pre-order!

The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition

Just 3 more days until you can get your own copy of the latest installment of our Para-Earth Series…

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The stories contained within these pages will make you laugh, gasp, giggle and possibly shed a tear or two.  But most of all they will leave you anxiously waiting for more stories which we promise are on the way.

Remember you can pre-order your Kindle copy for just $3.99 at the following link:

https://www.amazon.com/Vampyre-Blogs-Anthology-Para-Earths-Para-Earth-ebook/dp/B07KMN78B2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1543161531&sr=1-1

In the meantime here’s one final peek into the first of what we hope will be many paranormal/science fiction anthologies

“Wolfgang In Sheep’s Clothing”

June 2014

By Helen Krummenacker

For someone who travels so much, I always seem to have trouble getting ready for departure. It’s helpful these days, having my granddaughter on hand to look after the farm, my pets, and the complex organizing of my correspondence. She came to Germany to get a medical…

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Traditionally publishing? Yes, you still need to do marketing – Written By Ari Meghlen

Ari Meghlen informs us about book marketing and that you still have to do marketing even when you’re traditionally published. Thanks so much, Ari!


This post has been churning in my head for a while. I’ve had a number of writers tell me openly that they want to go traditionally published so they “don’t have to do marketing”.

There are many good reasons to go the traditionally published route, unfortunately, this is not one of them. Gone are the days when a traditionally published author would get to sit back and let the publishing house sort all the marketing.

There is no right or wrong answer regarding how to get published, you have to make your own decisions about what works best for you. Yet knowing what each option entitles is important as both have their own pros and cons.

However, the biggest thing I see is people believing that they don’t have to market if they go traditional and so blatantly ignore all opportunities to build their platform.

If you want to go traditional, you should at least be aware of the industry and what is expected of you.

To continue reading this blog post, go to Ari Meghlen’s blog on:

Traditionally publishing? Yes, you still need to do marketing.

Soul Taker Is Ready For Pre-Order

Coming December 15, 2018

The first book of “The Council Of Twelve” series

SOUL TAKER


After long years in the line of duty as a ‘Soul Taker’, Kate is worn out.

When she gets a new job offer from the ‘Powers Above’, she accepts her new job as a Guardian gratefully without knowing that her teacher is one of the most powerful beings in existence, the Archangel Raphael.

Along with Raphael, she takes on her new task and the connection between them grows.

Raphael helps, protects and supports Kate, but suddenly, she becomes a target for the Demons of Hell.

Raphael realizes that Kate means more to him than he expected, which causes him to fight furiously against danger. If he fails, Kate’s future will contain eternal darkness, evil, and torture.


Watch the trailer here:


 

KINDLE PRE-ORDERS BEING TAKEN NOW AT THE LINK BELOW:

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

On Thanksgiving Day,

November 22, 2018

I am thankful for the many good things in my life:

Health

Family

Friends

Freedom

Traveling

A home

Food

Brain

Cats

Nature

Clothes

Music

A soon to be published book

The list is endless! I’m grateful for life. I think that sums it up pretty well.

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Also and furthermore I am thankful to have all of you here on Writer’s Treasure Chest, to make my writing journey an adventure. Thank you so much for all your support!

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I wish you and your families:

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Cover Reveal Soul Taker – 1st Book of The Council Of Twelve Series

Today I’m super excited to celebrate the cover reveal of SOUL TAKER, releasing Mid December on Amazon and Smashwords.

Before I get to the cover please let me express how thrilled I am to be able to reveal the awesome cover of my soon to be released novella Soul Taker, the first book in The Council Of Twelve Series.

In this book, Kate tells the story of how she wished she had another job instead of the one of a ‘Soul Taker’, which she did loyally and conscientiously for several centuries. She informs us how she got a different task and how from that moment on her entire existence changed. Let her take you to her world and meet the Good side with the Council of Twelve as well as the Other side and the darkness Kate suddenly is drawn into.

My cover was designed by the wonderful Kathryn Jenkins, of KJ Magical Designs :

 

The cover shows Kate, lost in thoughts about the ‘man’ she meets during the changes in her existence. The man with the black hair and the unbelievable eyes, an individual beyond our imagination, representing the Good in this world and standing by Kate’s side. Their work is taking place on Earth, represented by the city in the background.

I LOVE THIS COVER!!

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Here it is!

 

 

About the book:

After long years in the line of duty as a ‘Soul Taker’, Kate is worn out.

When she gets a new job offer from the ‘Powers Above’, she accepts her new job as a Guardian gratefully without knowing that her teacher is one of the most powerful beings in existence, the Archangel Raphael.

Along with Raphael, she takes on her new task and the connection between them grows.

Raphael helps, protects and supports Kate, but suddenly, she becomes a target for the Demons of Hell.

Raphael realizes that Kate means more to him than he expected, which causes him to fight furiously against danger. If he fails, Kate’s future will contain eternal darkness, evil, and torture.


About the author

A. J. Alexander is a talented classical musician who has won several music contests in her youth. She is an accomplished skier and loves to swim, amongst other sports.

She works for a global corporation as a part of the management team and travels a lot, as well nationally as also internationally.

A.J. Alexander is currently planning to move to a new home, together with her three beautiful active and demanding cats. In her rare free time, she loves to meet friends or go for long nature walks.

To fulfill her dream of seeing many amazing places in the world, Aurora Jean started traveling in her early twenties and spent some time in Europe where she visited Paris, Rome, Madrid, Vienna, Prague, London, Berne, Berlin, Athens, and Santorini. Also, she took an extended break a few years later and drove across the U.S. from Chicago to Santa Monica and across the South to Florida.

A.J. Alexander descends from an internationally extended, politically and entrepreneurially active family and was privileged to enjoy an excellent international education. In her spare time she volunteers for charity events, fights for animal rights and when needed serves as an interpreter to help great causes.

 

Please watch out for the pre-order and release dates, they will be announced shortly!

Thanksgiving Poem By Larry Sells

Larry Sells, one of the participants in this year’s Halloween Poem contest, has provided us with a wonderful Thanksgiving poem. I decided to publish it here on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ as a guest post. Thank you very much, Larry.


Family Gathering
Food on the table.
Words of love enter hearts.
Hugs give support.
Tears of joy are wiped
off with love. Families
grow and get smaller.
Love becomes a tradition.
Love is more important
than what’s on the table.
The hugs, kisses, warm people’s
hearts and souls. Gratitude gets shared.
Peace joins us all; one person at a time.


Connect with Larry Sells:

http://www.larrysells1960.com/

Recommendation vs. Reality – How To Deal With Rejection

1. DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY
2. TALK ABOUT IT
3. CELEBRATE IT
4. LEARN FROM IT
5. PICK YOURSELF UP

There are all these amazing lists of recommendations on how to deal with rejection. Of course, I’m not saying they’re bad! More the opposite. We writers should read them, internalize the help and support other writers and psychologists are giving us! We should be grateful to know who we can turn to when we need comfort and what to do with the given advice. I’m serious, and there is no sarcasm in my words!

Take the list above. Each one of the points has a foot long explanation online, and every word is supportive and well meant. If any writer asked me how I’d deal with rejection, I would most likely use exactly that particular list and give calm and well-considered explanations with each advice.

But let me be honest: what is my reality? What are first and true emotional reactions on rejection? – This:

What are my honest (AND SECRET!!) replies to the recommendations mentioned above?

Don’t take it personally, right now it’s just not a good match yeah, good match my ass. These guys don’t see my knowledge, my talent, my abilities or my potential. They’re BLIND!

Talk about it go to your shrink and tell him that you are suffering, because rejection hurts! And then get a triple-box of Xanax and a bottle of Jack Daniels.

Celebrate it – the rejection gives you a chance to improve your writing!  Of course! We got nothing better to do than to sacrifice a bottle of champagne to someone who’s hurt, stabbed – KILLED us!

Learn from it. Yes, we will, since we can show we can learn and deal with all this. – Forget that crap – I learned my craft, and I know what I’m doing – and no teenager barely out of high school is telling me what I’m doing wrong.

Pick yourself up – yes, because it’s easy to continue submitting. We are convinced there’s a great match somewhere. – Of course, after we found the light swimming in the lake of our tears and after we have nearly drowned in self-pity, we might consider submitting again. In like – two, three years, maybe?

I admit I’m curious… am I the only one who doesn’t take rejection well? Yes, I know, I’m an adult, I should stay calm, I should use my brain and my ability to accept constructive criticism. But I don’t. I’m acting like a kindergarten kid. My face, my brain, my knowledge, my experience tell the other person: “Yes, you’re right, thank you for the advice, it will give me a chance to improve.” But my emotions, my really, really enraged heart screams: “You prove me – and prove me a hundred times more you can do it any better before you DARE rejecting my work and therefore hurting, criticizing, insulting and humiliating me.”

Really, with all my life experience, all my rationality and common sense sometimes I’m such a wimp.