Change

What year is it again? 2022 you say? Really? Okay. If you say so.

From The Ancient Egyptian Tarot, by Clive Barrett: [Death] indicates the casting off of the past. A change of thought or approach. Now is a time for looking to the future. … This is a turning point in one’s life. …There is a new and brighter view of the future.

I have been MIA the majority of the last 18 months. I’m sorry. Things have been heavy. I know you know what I’m talking about. There are different heavinesses and different reasons, but I know we are all feeling the weight of the pandemic in some way.

If there has been an upside to this, it has been the opportunity for self-reflection and growth. That looks different for everyone and there is no comparison or judgment here, just me relating my experiences.

I’ve realized how siloed we have become and how easy it is to fall into an echo chamber of one’s own ideals. I won’t go on about it, but every now and then, consider listening to someone who doesn’t see things your way. Listening doesn’t mean you change your principles or encourage theirs. But it does allow for perspective. And as beneficial as self-reflection and alone time can be, it can also make it harder to get along with others and their way of seeing things. And at the end of the day, we are all humans and we all need others to survive. Yes, even you do.

Anyway, that wasn’t really what I wanted to talk about, but I am easily side attracted.

The real reason for this post is to announce that I am unpublishing my first novel, Turning Point. It’s okay. It’s a good thing, actually. I worked hard on it, I put a lot of my time and my creative energies into it, but I never felt like it was the novel I set out to write. I still like the story and I love the characters. They are all alive and well (well, most of them) inside my head. And they have stuff to say.

All that said, I am doing a complete rewrite and rebrand of Turning Point. That means it’s got to go away. It is changing into something different, and my hope is that it tells the stories (yes, plural) I set out to tell. It’s going to take time. I am not the fastest writer. But I intend to complete it as soon as I can, and I expect that at the end of the day, it will turn into two, possibly three stories on its own. Plus, I have a follow up already written (it’ll need significant changing, but the bones are strong as written).

So, if you loved Alice, or Adam, or Sarah, or Jake and Leo, or even Drew (I don’t hold out much home for him, though), watch this space. Eliza will probably be there, too. And some new friends. But, more on them later.

For now, THANK YOU to all my friends, family, and readers (though I think those categories overlap extensively), who have supported me and my creative endeavors over the last few years. I have had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the craft of writing and how I approach it. And I am a firm believer in lifelong learning, so this suits me perfectly.

If you’re interested in having a piece of history (ha!) Turning Point will remain on sale on Amazon until probably the end of January. There are a few things I’m waiting on, but I’ll keep it up until at least then. You can buy it here (ebook or paperback).

I’ll write updates as I have them. But for now, keep yourselves safe and take care of each other.


Barrett, C. (1994). XIII – Death. In The Ancient Egyptian Tarot (pp. 44–45). essay, Aquarian.

Part I.

I guess it’s that time of year where we talk about all the great and terrible things that happened in our lives over the last twelve months.

I’m not sure if you guys have heard, but there was a virus. And an election. And calls for change through social justice reform. All in one year. Oh, and wildfires. Nearly WWIII. And who can forget the murder hornet hoax. C’mon. Hornets? That murder. Methinks you’ve all seen My Girl too many times.

Okay, I jest, especially about that last one. I do not want to meet any murder hornets. Any hornets, actually.

So, what happened in my life? Well, we rang in the new year, you know, the one full of hope and awesomeness, because how could anything called 2020 – perfect vision, for crying out loud – be anything other than perfect?—We rang in that New Year in Colorado. It was a great night. Clear. Cold. Beautiful fireworks. Surrounded by my family. It started off so well.

I published my first book, Turning Point (technically, it went live on December 28, 2019, but we’ll call it 2020). I met my goal of 100 copies sold in the first year, so I feel pretty good about it. It’s a fun story and I enjoyed writing it; I call that a win. I would love sales to be higher, but honest truth? Marketing drains me, especially social media marketing. I’m afraid of doing something wrong or offending someone with how I say things, so I worry for hours over things that shouldn’t take nearly so long. So I haven’t been full on or even very consistent with my marketing game. It’s okay, it’s kind of my M.O. I am hoping to put another book out before summer 2021, you know, if we don’t go full on civil war/zombie apocalypse before then.

In the mean time, if you bought my book, THANK YOU, sincerely. If you liked it, well that’s even better. You can look forward to more of Alice’s nocturnal adventures very soon.

Eight.

Hello all.

Friends and Readers, I have a request. I set myself a very modest goal of selling 100 books this year. I know it doesn’t sound like many, but everyone has to start somewhere.

This is my somewhere.

I need to sell 8 more books to make it to my goal. I have 30 days to get there. Can you help? If you haven’t purchased a copy but have been considering it, now is the perfect time! If you know someone who enjoys vampire stories (heavy on the vampire, light on the romance), pass this on to them and encourage them to buy a copy, or maybe even purchase a copy to give to them for Christmas (or other festive occasion).

One other reason to purchase now: the price is going up. As of January 1, the price for the ebook will increase to $2.99. Currently, you can purchase the ebook for 99 cents. Ebooks can be sent as gifts as well, so if you already have your copy, you can purchase one (or more!) for someone else.

Turning Point is available all over the globe through Amazon. Please remember that even though it is through Amazon, every purchase supports someone you know (me!) personally.

Please consider purchasing a copy today! Some global purchase links below. It is available in ebook and paperback!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

Amazon Japan

Amazon Mexico

Amazon Brazil

Amazon Netherlands

If you having trouble finding it where you are, let me know and I’ll get a copy to you.

Icons.

My good friend, and amazing graphic designer, Sondra Fowler, and I worked for several months to come up with icons to represent the point of view characters in Turning Point.

We use these icons in the paperback version of the book. There are seven points of view in Turning Point (it’s a lot, but it works), and each time the point of view changes, it is announced by the character’s name and by their icon. If you are a visual person, that icon will help keep the thread in order for you. Or maybe you’ll just like the addition of having another anchor point for each personality.

In this post, I’ll start with Adam. His is the first point of view presented in the book. We chose a sort of compass. You can’t see the directions of the needles (no north/south/east/west), but the needles themselves are sharp and strong. They are well defined and they almost look like fangs.

The chapter heading, chapter four. A black circle like a compass with pointed daggers sticking out at the directional places. No words or letters on the compass. It looks menacing.

Adam is the original vampire in this story. He takes control of any situation he is in and drives it in the direction he desires. He has a sort of moral compass, in that he usually doesn’t kill indiscriminately, but he also has a plan. If you’re part of it, he’ll let you know. Or, he’ll direct your thoughts and actions to bend to his will. Either way, he gets what he wants.

Until Alice grows up.

But that’s for another post.

To see more, be sure to follow me on Instagram (I also hope to have an Instagram link for Sondra, too). That’s where the rest of the icons, and a peek into my characters’ personalities, will be posted in the next couple of days.

Book Tour.

Turning Point is on a Book Tour, presented by Silver Dagger Book Tours. Check it out below and be sure to visit Silver Dagger Book Tours for more information and to see which other blogs are hosting Turning Point!

Enjoy!

Turning Point
by K.M. Smith
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Adam is the resident vampire in a small college town in Michigan. It’s the same scenario every night: wander campus, snag a co-ed for dinner, get home before dawn. Rinse. Repeat–until an irresistible new professor appears. From the shadows, he follows her every footstep, lurking, until he witnesses a tragic accident. As life drains from the object of his desire, he is faced with an impossible choice: Should he intervene or not?
22 years later, Alice Peterson is well on her way to graduating from college. Her life and goals are set, and her future is bright. But Alice meets Adam and a tempestuous wind portends a different fate. Thrust into a world she thought to be fictitious, Alice must rely on wit, cunning and newfound powers if she hopes to survive. Adam will do what he must to keep Alice from learning too much about her past, including the unthinkable.
No good deed goes unpunished as familial bonds are pushed to their limit and new relationships are tested. Filled with action and bloodlust-fueled drama, read on to unlock the mystery when Alice reaches her Turning Point.
**Only .99 cents!! **
K.M. Smith has been around the world and currently resides in Texas. Writing is her passion, and writing about vampires and people with different supernatural abilities makes her giddy. Growing up in Michigan and spending time in several parts of the world has provided her with unique perspectives and innumerable opportunities for storytelling. K.M. is married to a wonderful and understanding man, and she is the mother of two children who test her knowledge of life and push her limits of caffeine intake daily. She is a bit of a dabbler and jumps headfirst into any endeavor she takes on (like writing a book and turning it into a series). When not at her desk, she can be found smashing her way through the tennis courts in the suburbs of Houston. Occasionally, she can be found writing at her blog kristynotkirsty.com.
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