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Update

Blood Cure has been out for roughly five months, and already I am over halfway to my break even point (the number of books I need to sell to pay for what I spent on an editor and the book cover), and I can’t even tell you how ecstatic that makes me!!

Blood for Blood, book 2 in Keira’s story, is well on its way, and I have put myself on my editor’s schedule for mid-October, which means it’s crunch time in my writing world right now, so if you don’t hear from me for long stretches of time, that’s why. Also, the first book in my Death Maiden series, which I have not named yet, is waiting patiently for me to pick it up again once Blood for Blood is off to the editor.

I have been reading whenever possible, and have found two new series by authors who are new to me: the first book is The Change by Teyla Branton (which I really enjoyed), and the second is Grim by Thea Atkinson (which I mostly enjoyed). I plan on reading the next book in both series, and I hope Thea Atkinson can reel me in a little more. I picked up the last book in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, but am reading each book slowly (I’m about halfway through the series) because I really don’t want it to come to an end. It has been one of my all-time favorite series.

That’s it for now. I’ll keep writing, and will offer updates whenever I have them.

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Where have I been?

I realized yesterday that it’s been a while since I last wrote something, and for that I apologize.  It’s been really busy. My editor told me she’s so busy she is booking into August (which is really awesome!), so I had her pencil me in for mid-October so I wouldn’t miss her editing services by the end of the year since I plan to have Blood for Blood out early next year. This means I have six months to complete and turn in my rough draft (yikes!). Plus, I’m still marketing Blood Cure, which makes it a very busy time around here…oh, and did I mention I have a full-time job?

Anyway, I’m loving my new writing program, though I’m still figuring it out, and Blood for Blood is coming along very well. I plan on buckling down for the next six months so I’ll be ready for edits, so I may not be on here as often as I’d like, but I’ll blog as often as I can. Thanks for hanging with me, and I hope you enjoy the ride!

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Blood Cure is $.99 today!

The ebook for Blood Cure is part of a Kindle Countdown deal today through Monday. It’s currently for sale for $.99, and will increase each day from now until Monday when it returns to the normal $3.99 price. If you’ve been debating on whether or not to try it, or know someone who might enjoy it, this is a good time to purchase it. Join Keira and Rya on their incredible journey! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NH7JF08

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What I’m Up To…

WritingThe reviews of Blood Cure since its release have been wonderful. It’s so exciting to see something I have loved for six years, be loved by others. For everyone who has bought a copy and left a review, I say thank you.

As for what I’m doing now – I am prepping for my book launch tomorrow. Everything appears to be in order, but I will double check one more time this evening just in case. I have also been in contact with several independent bookstores in an effort to get Blood Cure into as many of them as possible. So far I have three for certain, and one I am waiting for them to get back with me. I am also hard at work on my first Death Maiden novel. I ran up against a wall on a certain part, but I think I have the kinks worked out now because the words are once again flowing. Once I get past this initial rush of release stuff with Blood Cure, I will post a little more about it.

For those of you who are following my blog, you will always be the first ones to get updates and see what’s new and exciting, as well as getting to read things I don’t post anywhere else. That’s it for now, enjoy whatever you’re reading!!

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Writing

Throughout the entire writing process my family has been very supportive. I think in the beginning, some of them thought it was a passing faze, but when I announced a few months ago that it would actually be published, they all cheered and asked when could they buy it. My father, who I was afraid to tell what kind of books I wrote, has turned out to be one of my biggest fans.

When Keira first popped into my head, I knew she would be a human living in a world full of amazing creatures. I just had to figure out where she fit into everything. I knew I didn’t want her to be a damsel in distress, but could mostly take care of herself. And I knew I wanted her to have an animal that was her tattoo, but could also become real and fight by her side and be her closest friend and confidant. I achieved that with Rya, and I must say she is probably my favorite character. She’s smart, snarky, and loves Keira unconditionally. What more could you ask for in a partner? Then Sally and Sam came into the picture and I knew I had everything Keira needed to accomplish her ultimate goal, even though at the time, I wasn’t sure what that was. Now I do. Throw a vampire named Léonce Trevelyan into the mix, and well…you’ll have to read it to find out.

With Blood Cure’s official release day fast approaching, the thrill and excitement of it all makes me want it even more than I already did. I hope everyone who decides to purchase a copy loves reading about Keira, Sam, Sally, Rya and Leo as much as I have loved writing about them. The second Keira book, Blood for Blood is already started. I hope you enjoy!

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Book Release News!

Book Release News!

Hey everyone! I’ve been working really hard on getting Blood Cure ready for release, and it’s almost completely ready to go. The release is scheduled for early February, and as soon as I know the date I’ll post it here.

Plus, I have some really good news…two of my local bookstores – Boarding House Books in Claremore and Another Chapter Bookstore in Owasso – have agreed to carry my books! For a first-time, self-published author this is HUGE!!! I can’t tell you how excited and nervous I am. I’m meeting with Another Chapter’s PR person next Saturday to discuss having a release party for Blood Cure with other local authors that would not only help me and the other authors get our names out there, but would also help the bookstore since they’ve only been open six months. When I know the date for the release party I’ll let you guys know in case anyone would like to come out and grab a copy or just stop by to say hi and cheer me on!

P. S. I’ll need all the support and cheering I can get!

 

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Book cover for Blood Cure!

I just chose my book cover for Blood Cure!

As everyone knows, I launched my book cover contest several days ago on 99designs. After a lot of back and forth, requests and revisions, I picked a winner that I feel best represents my vision for Keira, even though it wasn’t the vision I originally started with. I had an idea in my head that I thought would work and look really good, but after several attempts and fails, I decided to let the designers have creative leeway, and boy am I glad I did.

The winning design by B & J took my breath away, and made my heart skip a beat – which is what I had really hoped would happen. I don’t know if I can explain the emotions of seeing Keira and Blood Cure brought to life for the first time, or explain why I cried when I saw the final version of the cover. It has to do with working so hard on something for 4.5 years, pouring my heart and soul into it, working tirelessly to make sure I do everything right, and then seeing it culminate into a beautiful book cover that will forever be tied to this book…like I said, lots of emotions, and a little bit of crying.

As soon as I get the finalized files from the designer, I will post the cover on my home page, Facebook, and Twitter pages. I hope you like it as much as I do. Feel free to leave comments on what you think about it. 🙂

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Welcome to my website!

If you’re reading this, then my forays into the web development world were a success. Woohoo!!

My name is K. R. Willis. I love reading and writing urban fantasy, anything that can take me to another world where the inhabitants are furry and fanged, or wield magic the way some of us wield a pen, and I can escape for a little while. After all, isn’t that what reading and writing are for? If you’ve landed on my website, hopefully you agree. Here’s how this road began…

Four years ago, the writing bug hit me on my way home from the grocery store. Keira, whom I introduced you to on my Home page, popped into my head and never went away. At the encouragement of my friend, M L Woods, I began to put pen to paper.

I had absolutely no idea how to write a book. I kept thinking, I can’t write a book, that’s what authors do, but Keira (and my very supportive husband) wouldn’t let me quit and Blood Cure was born. I bought every How To book I could find, joined a writer’s group, went to a critique group (which almost caused me to quit I might add – you’ve got to be pretty tough for those when you’re just starting out like I was), and read…a lot. Reading books by other authors I admire and respect was probably the biggest way I learned. After awhile, it’s as though I absorbed their good writing habits. So to my heroines of the urban fantasy writing world, I can’t say a big enough thank you.

For the next two and a half years I worked on Blood Cure. I wrote, rewrote, and struggled through telling Keira’s story, until finally finding my author’s voice (which is probably one of the hardest things to learn as a new author – or at least for me it was). After years of blood, sweat, tears, and almost quitting more times than I care to remember, something resembling a real book was born. Then began my search for publication.

In the beginning, I went after traditional publishing. I queried agents, hoping one of them would agree to represent me. I had several nibbles, but no one signed me on. I became frustrated, and took a breather to re-evaluate the direction I wanted to go. I happened to read a book by a self-published author, and loved it. I thought, Wow! This isn’t the crap I was led to believe self-published authors put out. So I began to research self-publishing, and after reading the book SELF-PRINTED: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing, I felt confident enough to self-publish.

One year later, here I am building my own website from scratch, putting up a business Facebook page, pretty soon I’ll tackle Twitter (unfortunately, this one scares me the most because I don’t have a clue how to tweet!), I’ve had my editor Kristen Hamilton from Kristen Corrects go through my manuscript twice (I just got it back last Saturday with her seal of approval!), it’s formatted for e-book and paperback, and ready to go. Next I’ll launch a competition to create my book cover. As of right now, Blood Cure is scheduled for an early 2017 release, so check back often for updates, and to see what I currently have in the works.

I better go for now, there’s still a lot left to do, and I haven’t yet figured out how to make my list take care of itself!