Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nothing Else - Just have a wonderful day celebrating with your family and friends! 


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Snippet Sunday 11/24/2013


The Knight of the Dixie Wilds


As these romantic sentences flowed from her smiling lips, she snuggled closer to Buck. Her voluptuous breath came warm against his cheek as she kissed his lips. Dreamily, speechless, and resistless, he felt himself yielding to the hypnotic spell.

Suddenly, a flock of jaybirds nearby sounded a sharp warning. Buck knew the alarm signals of these feathered rangers of the forest.

Quickly disengaging himself from the girl’s arms, he stepped on top of a high log, listened, and looked. A deer came bounding from the thicket in the vicinity of the jaybirds. Beyond the low brush, Buck saw brass buttons sparkling in the sunlight. Negro soldiers were approaching fast from three directions.

With fire in his eyes, he shot a look at May Castle and uttered one word, “Traitor!”




Question and Answer

Recently when I told a coworker that my passion is writing, I was asked these questions. To be honest, I stumbled over the answers when talking to him. So I thought that I would share them here with a little more thought process involved in the answers. Next time I am asked these questions, I hope to be better prepared. 

1) What are you working on right now?  

I have three works in progress right now. The Inner Chamber is a Christian Suspense full-length novel. Release date is still in negotiation.


I am breaking into the children's genre by writing for my grandchildren, Jasmine and Gabriel. On Top of the Rainbow will be published in December 2013 and Melting Butter is planned for January 2014. 

2) How does it differ from other work in the genre?


With The Inner Chamber being a Christian suspense thriller, it brings in variables of the Christian faith, and, of course, evil vs. good. I think it is different because it brings in elements of an unseen world into the physical. Interwoven with angels vs. demons, and evil vs. good, this story is testing my ability to write well and bring each scene to the level of intensity it demands. 



3) Why do you write?

I write because I love to create. I can't draw or paint, and I love to read. I like to get all of the thoughts out and writing allows me to do that. The only regret is I am unable to do it full time at this point in my life. 

The first time I wrote was for a high school project and the story was called, "No Way Out." I earned $15.00 for winning first place. 


4) How does your process work?

First, with a small nugget that filtered into my crazy mind. Then it expands. I usually know the beginning and the end of the story. The challenge is filling in the between. As I go along, characters I didn't know was going to appear, materialize. This is the fun part about the process. I am sometimes surprised at where my characters take me. Editing takes the longest - up to three times the amount that I spend writing. Then comes the marketing. 


5) Do you design your covers?


 Unfortunately, I am not talented enough to design my own book covers. My friend and business owner, Cheryl Casey Ramirez, designs most of my book covers and she has done one book trailer for me. In addition, she helped me with my website, www.authorkmeador.com, and she is doing the illustrations for both my children's books. If interested in her work you can visit her at: http://www.ccrbookcoverdesign.com/

Because she is awesome here is, A Little About CCR:

My name is Cheryl. I studied art at Texas State University and earned a Bachelor of Art degree. I design book covers, illustrate children's books, draw and paint, and build things for my home. I have to have disco music playing in order to clean my house (my mom's fault).

I love to read and have definitely bought books because the cover attracted me and hoped it delivered on the inside. Every time I see a low-end cover that is probably hurting the author's sales, I wish I could give it a makeover.

I'm just like you. Making the most of the talents God blessed me with. Making the most of the opportunities in this crazy, awesome online world.

A few years ago I married my high school friend Johnny. Between us we have one college kid and two teenagers.

If you're curious about the stuff I make for my home (with Johnny's help usually), dig around over on my blog Mama's Got a Chainsaw.

Have a great day and remember: "Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." -Yoda

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gab Time with Author K Meador, November 2013 Edition


Gab Time with Author K Meador

November 2013 edition of Gab Time, Author K Meador takes a moment to introduce you to Author Ngarie Elder and gives an update on her works in progress. 



Author Spotlight:            

Ngaire Elder, Author of The Adventures of Cecilia Spark novels, is a natural storyteller whose love of animals is reflected in her work. Ngaire was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where she spent most of her childhood playing with her brother and her imaginary friends. As a child, she wrote plays, just for fun, but it would be years before her first book was ultimately published. She has participated in reading events at primary schools in County Derry, Northern Ireland, and has taught English to young children participating in the Spanish school system's extracurricular activity program. She has been interviewed extensively by European and American bloggers, and her work has been featured in Indie Author News, British Indie Fiction, and the Coleraine Times. Ngaire resides in Spain with her husband and four children.

Amazon     Website:  www.ceciliaspark.com     Email: info@ceciliaspark.com

Book 1: The Brimstone Forest (Kindle 1.99/Paperback 4.95)
Book 2: The Mystical Mountain of Terra (Kindle 1.99/Paperback 4.95)
Book 3: Dragon’s Star to be released January 2014

My Writing:

Congrats goes out to Bethany Parker, Tom Dunn and Alan Hilburn who each won a free book for contributing character names to The Inner Chamber, my work in progress. The Inner Chamber is going through a complex and extensive line editing.

On Top of the Rainbow, my first children’s book, is written and at the illustrators desk right now!  This story features Gabe, a Leprechaun, and a Unicorn. Look for it soon!

Melting Butter, my second children’s book, is in work now.  This story features Tater the mouse, Disaster the rival cat, and Jasmine the accomplice. Coming soon!

For more information on K Meador, click on the following links:

My Books on Amazon     Website     Blog     Facebook     Twitter     Pinterest     Linked In

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Gab Time with Author K Meador - October 2013

 Gab Time with Author K Meador

In this edition, (October 2013), of Gab Time, Author K Meador will reveal a bit about Planes, Scuba Diving and Books. What a diverse set of topics!


Planes:
I have been in the aviation industry for 14 years. I started in Abilene, Texas then moving to Greenville, Texas. After ten years with the past two companies, I went contracting and held jobs in: Savannah, GA, North Charleston, SC, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Tracy, California. I am currently residing in Oklahoma City, OK. With all my travels, I have made new friends to blend in with those of the past.
Last week, I left the maintenance side of aviation and entered into the quality control department.  This is an exciting new chapter in my life outside of books!

Scuba Diving:
When my two boys, Devon and Logan, were teenagers we took the PADI Open Water Diving Course one summer. It was a fun filled and busy few weeks as we learned about diving. Along with the awesome videos of diving we also learned about the dangers. A few years later, I got to dive in Hawaii. Unfortunately, my underwater camera didn’t work and I missed out on some wonderful photo opportunities.
Devon, my older son, is now pursuing a career in diving. He is a Master Scuba Diver with Instructor Rating. He spent a year in Mexico, and when he came back he went to Indiana for a short term job. He is now looking at potential jobs located in California, Oklahoma City and The Virgin Islands.

Writing:
Congrats goes out to Mary Dunn and Scarlett Harrell who won a free gift of The Knight of the Dixie Wilds for contributing character names to The Inner Chamber, my work in progress.
The Inner Chamber has approximately 40,000 words written and is going through a complex editing rehashing right now. With my aviation workload easing, I see the completion of this book to come soon.
Over the summer, I entered a short story into the Cisco Writing Club 37th Annual Writing Contest. You can view the short story on my blog and would love to read your comments about it!

For more information click on the following links:
Website                              Blog                       My Books on Amazon                    Facebook