Quick Little Update (Breaking new ground.)

It’s been a while, it’s been longer than that in some cases. Between adulting and everything else, the summer has basically flown by without even the faintest hint it was drawing to a close. Days that seemed to drag on forever were fleeting, faking it this whole time. Now, as August comes slinking from the shadows I’ve become aware that a lot of time has passed since I posted anything on my blog.

I’m happy to report that during this summer I managed to release the complete collection of my series, “The Keeper Chronicles” which is available pretty much everywhere in Ebook form. Five books representing horror, supernatural, and southern charm are now enjoying close quarters in one neat little package. The boxed set design was done by Eeva @ http://www.thebookkhaleesi.com and it’s amazing and totally fitting for my work. She’s and her team are professionals and highly talented and I could not recommend a better group of people to work with if you’re looking for any cover designs, banners, formatting, editing, or even a trailer video. To her, many thanks for all her hard work. Check it out below! 🙂

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Now that we’ve gotten that awesome news out of the way, we can move on to other interesting tidbits! In the past few months, I have been wracking my brain going over a “work tank” document of many many pages filled with ideas, character names, series info and anything else I could dump from my creative mind. I was busy trying to find which direction I wanted to go, where I wanted to park a few months in a make-believe world of new characters, threats, and fun. Nothing worked and I felt lost.

I can only assume it happens to many writers regardless if they admit it or not. Where do you go? How do you continue from the ending of a series? On which side of the coin do you find yourself, the pick one choice and roll with it come hell or high water or shotgun approach multiple genres of smaller works and see which one hits the mark?

I decided the best cure for me personally was to just suck it up and start writing, let the work unfold, let the story tell me what it wants. Amazingly, even though I am not in any way, shape, or form, a pantser, I sort of turned into one. I had a rough idea, a brief thought and started to toss it into some writing which became therapeutic, addicting, and now I want it more and more. I found myself, again. I started over, I reemerged in the thick of new stories, new ideas, a flow of creativity and I can only thank the heavenly muses who decided, “yeah, you got this!”

I’m now breaking ground on a new series, a novella run, a fun ride of something new, something familiar, something fun. It’s still in its infancy, but I have direction, renewed interest and am happy breaking a sweat while slinging the shovel of creativity. It takes work, it needs energy and I am more than willing to offer myself up to its process. Stay tuned for more updates, more reviews because who doesn’t love reading, and of course, random thoughts and pictures of a life spent in fast forward.

Stay strong, keep digging. Create. Write. Read!

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-KJF

 

 

Random Image Day!-#42 (Five is alive)

Book 5 of my first series is complete and has been added into the vast ocean of books currently on the market, standing proud among the masses. It marks the end of a journey, the start of so much more. It’s here, it’s done, it’s finally and truly a chance to take a very deep and satisfying breath. My baby, my creation now free, from head and heart to the hands of others.

The book cover for this final foray in The Keeper Chronicles tugs at my heartstrings for many a reason. For one, it’s the closing of one door, the leaving of old friends, comfortable haunts, a circle of trust from characters that many times knew better than me in so many ways. For others, it’s the culmination of years of work, of places and times that have changed along the way for me personally, for my characters, for life.

Choosing the cover was difficult for me and also deceptively simple. I wanted to showcase the star of my series, the main character that has been evident in every single book since her appearance on page one of Book 1. The axle of the moving vehicle, the leader with heart, the head bitch in charge even when she didn’t want to be, Truddie Mae Watts. The young version, the old version, the whole her and everything she brought to the supernatural table. Each book features a character from the series, an eye of potential, a shadow of powers, a hint of danger but for this one I wanted the whole image, finality has that effect it seems.

Big thanks to Eeva from thebookkhaleesi.com for her hard work and creativity. My vision, her talent, a finished product I will forever cherish with fond memories. Her work starting on Book 3 has been a Godsend and an encouraging light when I needed it most. Without further ado, the last and final book for The Keeper Chronicles, Frayed Endings!

 

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Through it all, a forward momentum. Some days I never thought I would, others flew by in pages and words that flowed like a flash flood down a dry riverbed. I was guided, lost, driven, and set adrift for many a day, many a season. It’s done, it’s finished. I’m happy and excited about the future but a little sad about the passing of an era, a collection, a series.

For all there was, has been, will be Truddie Mae Watts, Niles, Gordy, Leesa, Sam, Dusty, and even Valda will hold a special place in my heart, will always flicker with the promise of what can and has been and will lit the passion and the creativity for years to come. It may be moving day for those who have fought supernatural evil, but their whispers, their energy will remain in the housing of my mind so I may reflect on them with a smile when the real world dares to consume. To those that have secretly been dialoguing within my head for the past couple of years, thank you and much love. Rest now brave soldiers for your work is done.

-KJF

 

It’s #ReleaseDay “Whatever It Takes” the new #Psychological #Thriller by S.Burke is #NowAvailable #RRBC #RWISA #IARTG — Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

Hello everyone and welcome to the Release Day for my latest Psychological Thriller “Whatever It Takes”. BLURB: James Kincaid had it all. He’d made it to the ‘A’ list in Hollywood, a town that prized and idolized winners above all else. Three golden statuettes currently graced the mantle of his Los Angeles mansion. Next year’s […]

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Random Book Review-Memoir of a Mad Woman by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

I recently read the horror short story, “Memoir of a Mad Woman” by Vashti Quiroz-Vega and left a review as seen below on both Amazon and Goodreads. If you enjoy hauntingly effective horror mixed with psychological trauma and a small dose of the supernatural, you’ll find it an excellent read. 5 out of 5 stars, this one will leave a mark for days! 🙂 Check it out.

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Review from Amazon and Goodreads:

5 out of 5 stars!!

 

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Keep reading, keep writing!

-KJF

Random Book Review- The Grunge Narratives: A Rare Horror Collection by Nick Younker

Recently, I had a chance to read Nick Younker’s, Grunge Narratives. A collection of horror short stories, it’s a great mix of scares, chills, and spills and goes great with Indie April! If you fancy horror, supernatural, creepy things, and everything that goes bump in the night, check it out! Posted below is my review which was shared on Amazon and Goodreads! Keep writing, keep reading, enjoy! 😀

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars!

Serving up horror in a collection of short-stories, Nick Younker’s work will delight fans of the macabre while satisfying readers who enjoy the supernatural and paranormal side of life without the splashes of gore. Nestled within its pages, there’s something for everyone regardless of taste.

At the start, Younker sets the foundation with a disclaimer regarding his writing style as “grunge narratives,” allowing readers a chance to understand the mechanics of his work and what they can expect throughout. In simple terms, each short story opens in the middle and follows through to the end. While some readers and genres would find this problematic, Younker flawlessly showcases this style within the horror framework by peppering his prose with just enough backstory to fill in any lingering questions. By cleverly and leisurely guiding readers on a fast-paced and panic-driven journey through his creative mind, Younker creates atmosphere by whispering and hinting at danger closing in from behind and creeping towards you just around the corner. Joining a chilling show already in progress, his masterful writing style gradually dims the lights on hope and safety before devilishly laughing at you in the dark.

At its heart, Younker’s work is a collection of fun short horror stories ranging from gruesome to creepy and all are wonderfully crafted to jump right into and enjoy either in smaller bites or as one large feast. Upon deeper inspection, readers will find that Younker understands what truly scares as he brings the fear with wild abandonment in as many forms as possible. As readers remove a layer of his collection with each finished short, they’ll soon discover a broader scope of the content appearing just below the surface. While each story could be considered stand-alone, together they blend perfectly creating a chilling tapestry of shared settings, people, and places that echo through space and time.

The brilliance behind Younker’s collection is not so much this it resonates so well for fans of horror, but from how well his work also invokes nostalgic feelings of the ‘80s and ‘90s and brings forth terror-soaked memories from our youth within its pages. Understanding that not all horror needs to be violently gruesome, Younker delivers psychological scares, dark comedy chills, and building supernatural tensions in addition to a healthy dose of bloodshed and heartfelt moments between all the running and screaming. Fans of classic television offerings such as “Creepshow,” “Tales from the Crypt,” and “Tales from the Darkside,” will instantly relate to Younker’s work as it truly feels and reads like a season from one of those beloved shows and could be considered a possible source of some of his overall inspiration.

If you’re a fan of quick horror reads that start in all the right spots without the long and drawn out back build and hunger for shorter works that add to an overall story with increasing depth, you’re in a for a treat. Offering something for everyone on a talented menu, Younker’s “Grunge Narratives” are sure to satisfy any appetite. Just be sure to leave the lights on when reading to chase away the darkness lest you end up the main course. Good horror fun, a creepy good time.