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Out from the darkness of the warm and safe Troll River catacombs comes author S.N.McKibben with an award winning short story. Dangerous Gamble is an Elite: Dangerous fanfic of the Trials of Corran Antilles. Here's the blurb:
Corran Antilles is having a bad life.
Schlepping cargo for the Federation doesn't pay. Even worse, the corporate hauler assigned to him malfunctions inside Trevithick Station.
Before Corran's ship trouble costs him his life, he's able to land, but at the price of his job.
Down on his luck, with no money and no way to get home, Corran thinks he’s hit the jackpot when a stranger approaches and offers him the chance of a lifetime. But of course, nothing in the Federation is free, and there's always a catch.
If you'd like the free read--no strings attached (no signups, no nothing) click the cover to be taken to the blog where it resides! Even if you aren't an Elite: Dangerous fan, this is one story you don't want to miss. Happy reading!
In recent events, I was interviewed as an author and a publisher by Debbie McClure.
Debbie McClure was introduced to my by Carol McKibben, and right from the start Debbie and I felt like old time companions. She was warm, welcoming and a determined writer set on finding a editor that would tell her why her story was getting these rejections letters from agents and publishers. After reading her first chapter I got on the phone and told her the reasons behind the "form letters" and what a personal note from an agent really meant. She was grateful, and Debbie found me interesting enough to interview, in which you can find here:
But what I love most is that I found another writer who openly shared her experience with rejection. I want to tell all writers--this day will come. Even if you never write one query to an agent or publisher, it will come. Rejections comes in many forms. It comes in the form of a one-star review, a library not buying your book, Barnes & Noble refusing to stock your title, a family member whose eyes glaze over as you try to explain your story.
These little confidence killers build up. Some writers stop because of them. And that's okay. Because everyone should ATTEMPT to write a book. But not everybody should be a writer. I say attempt--I can't stress it enough, because not everyone can FINISH writing a book. I've heard things from "I start to write, then I know the end and I stop before I finish the book" and "I can't express myself on paper", and even the "I'm not a writer".
But I'm going to give you a secret.
Are you a writer or an author? You might think they are the same thing, but as a publisher, I see a huge difference between the two.
Writer's put hands on the keyboard and go. But author's have a plan. They finish. They go on to the next. I'm an AUTHOR'S Advocate, not a writer's advocate.
So if you're looking for an agent or a publisher, finish the book first. It's the first step in becoming an author.
#sextimestory is back with "The Spoils of Allsveil". It's been a while since S.N.McKibben has tweet lines from her recent books, but she's now back and committed to finishing the novella!
From 10:00 - 10:30 PM Pacific, she'll tweet lines as fast as she can type. Join us for evenings of fun and sexy stories!
Okay, NOT that I'm pitting my authors against each other because all my authors appreciate each other--but I've been concentrating on work count lately.
Naturally I wondered what my authors PUBLISHED word count was for 2013.
So below I've got the low down. Remember, this is for 2013 published works. It's also an estimate because I quickly ran through the word count of the whole book--legal wording & all.
ACTION ITEM: Tell me your word count for 2013!
Author Patricia A. Knight
Affectionately called: PAK
Hers To Command
Hers To Choose
Hers to Cherish
Total Word Count: 215,378
Author Carol McKibben
Affectionately called: Mom
Word Count: 60,827
Author John Daly
Affectionately called: My etiquette guru
The Key Class
Word Count: 47,024
Affectionately called: SNM
Lady Alene and the Widower
But For You, Yes
Cougar Bait in the Coffee Shop
The Demon Inside Me
Escape To Vampire Dam
Word Count: 46,791
Affectionately called: Ushci
Inspire Your Day
The Seeds Will Sprout Somewhere
Word Count: 13,824
The author, S.N.McKibben has an apology HERE ON HER WEBSITE for this particular piece of...literature.
Okay, it's really not that bad. It does contain blood and not so fresh blood. There's a blood-drinking demon, the book is M/F Erotica and we'll stop there.
Here's the lowdown:
Do all blood-suckers prefer to get their blood "fresh"? Or do some like it nasty...
Neush hadn't known she'd be demon bait when she slipped on her jeans this morning. Now, her own family is dragging her, kicking and screaming, to the marble wall and securely fastening her in true medieval sacrifice style. But instead of an animal, Neush knows the man who is demon possessed. She appeals to her friends’ human side for help. Zhiek now has a choice and a passion for blood to slake. But his idea of saving Neush is very...unconventional.
Click the picture for the link to buy it on Kindle.
Adult themes--M/F Erotica
Troll River Publications presents ~ But For You, Yes by S.N.McKibben!
February's erotic shorts-off micro story is available on AMAZON KINDLE!
If you sign-up for S.N.McKibben's monthly Love Letters, you will receive this story for free by PDF, ePub, or MOBI download.
It's our way of saying, thank you and showing our appreciation for coming over and exploring the darkest parts of social and self nature.
Of course more Shorts-off stories are on the way every month exploring Social Taboos and the Shorts-off story for March is all about "Cougars" and the men who love them.
Troll River Publications presents "Luke's Tale: A Story of Unconditional Love" by Carol McKibben available as an eBook on Amazon. Print and audio version to be announced.
Luke, an intelligent, 89-pound yellow Labrador retriever, has an odd ability to understand human conversations and actions. When his owner’s girlfriend, Sara Colson, discovers she has breast cancer Luke is the sole secret keeper of her disease. Not knowing if she’ll survive, Sara leaves her boyfriend, Ashlundt Jaynes, to shield him from the pain. Luke, knowing how to give unconditional love, is the catalyst bringing the two lovers back together and helps them stay together while Sara and Ashlundt overcome a series of life-changing events.
At the heart of Luke’s Tale is the story of two lovers and their struggle with unforeseen disillusionment to build a lasting relationship -- and the loving, furry creature who is devoted to them beyond all reason.
About the Author:
Carol writes from the heart of a dog's eyes. Often telling her stories to LaberDoodles, Basset Hounds and any stray that happens by, it wasn't long before people stopped to have a listen as well. Now Carol writes for people and speaks to large audiences, dogs included.
Carol McKibben has been a principal of McKibben Consulting since 1991 and provides quality writing, editing, marketing and PR services for her clients. She has 30+ years of experience in publishing, marketing, public relations, business management, education and project management. Noted for her marketing and highly-organized management skills in business, in 1997, she co-founded and was president of McKibben Communications, LLC, one of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies for three consecutive years until it was sold in 2001. Previous to McKibben Communications, Carol was Vice-President and Publisher at Miramar Communications, a Los Angeles-based company specializing in trade publications.
Carol re-joined the publishing world in 2004 where she co-founded and was president of Azina Communications, publishers of Dream Spaces Home Design Sourcebooks and a companion Web site.
More Available from this Author:
Carol also has "Riding Through It" available in Print at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
In Riding Through It Carol McKibben offers up the pages of her life, painting the picture of a woman who allows herself to be a victim. One almost fatal night gives her the inner strength to take control of her life. Carol shares her story so that others will see how they too are letting the role of victim define their lives, when they can make the choice to change it.
Troll River Publications also presents "Lady Alene and the Widower" by S.N. McKibben available as eBook on Amazon. Lady Alene is the first issued short story of the Shorts-off series. Every first Tuesday of the month a new Shorts-off issue will be available in eBook version.
A disparaging widower tries to conquer his urges with a companion who won't contend with his dead wife. Enter Lady Alene, a professional who knows what a man needs and bares all for the recovery of a client.
About the Author:
Slave to a 100 lbs. GSD (German Shepard) and a computer called "Dave", you'll often see S.N.McKibben riding a 19 hand Shire nicknamed "Gunny" to the local coffee shop near the Santa Monica mountains. Reading for the love of words, S.N. McKibben writes fiction about Dark Hearts and Heroes revolving around social taboos. When ever asked, she'll reply her whole life can be seen through a comic ~ sometimes twisted, sometimes funny but always beautiful and its title is adventure.
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