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.

Interview!

Hey friends. I’m back. It’s been a while. We froze over here in Texas this week, but things are finally starting to settle down (for some, there are MANY others who still are not out of the woods with this storm). If you or someone you know needs assistance, here is a list of resources that can help. Stay safe, stay well.

Now, on to the interview! I had the great pleasure to be interviewed by @Nina_Soden aka #theredheadedauthor. We chatted about Turning Point, my current projects, and surprising connections between us. It was great fun and I hope you all enjoy it, too. Check out the links below.

Also! There is a giveaway. You’ll have to watch the video and comment on it (the video, not this post) to enter. Woo hoo!

Nina Soden YouTube

Nina Soden #TheRedheadedAuthor

As always, thank you for your support. For independent authors we rely on word of mouth more than anything. So thank you, sincerely, for liking and sharing.

Until next time…

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.

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.
Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!
$25 Amazon

Contest

Hello dear readers.

You should be glad you can’t see inside my head. It is a bit of a jumbled mess in there these days.

Anyway…if you follow me on Facebook (or if you saw the “Sunday Funday” post) you’ll know I’m running a contest. If not..let me tell you all about it!

Turning Point is coming out in paperback on October 1st!

To celebrate, I am running a contest through my Facebook page: K.M. Smith, Author

Check the page for “Games” posts. Comment on as many as you like, and you’ll earn yourself chances in the Grand Prize Drawing (Held September 19th).

Prizes include: signed copies of the paperback book, vampire fangs, a facemask, pins and buttons, book marks and possibly some other small goodies all inside a wooden box.

Sneak Peek…

The complete rules are in the Notes tab on my Facebook page, but that should be enough info to get you going.

Can’t wait to see you over on Facebook and good luck…who knows maybe you’ll be the big winner!

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