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Sarah

February 23, 2018 at 10:49 PM UTC


Thank you for linking to that commercial. It was not only hilarious, but so very, very, very true. Building things with those stupid instructions that never actually tell you anything often drives me to grab chocolate.

Kitty

February 24, 2018 at 01:00 AM UTC


Ugggh, yes. And it seems like 1/3rd of the time they forget to send you a bolt or screw or something. I haaaaaattteee putting stuff like that together.

Megan

February 23, 2018 at 02:24 AM UTC


I also wanted to say, Kitty, that i really appreciate the way you interact with us in the comments and treat us like equals. You make us feel so appreciated and special that an Author would step down from on high to discuss fan theories and fairytale retellings!
And don’t worry too much about what we think – we love your writing, and as long as you write from the heart, we will love it!

Kitty

February 24, 2018 at 01:04 AM UTC


Thanks for your sweet comment! Although I gotta say I don’t step down from high so much as I creep up from the shadows and try to suck everyone into conversations. 😉 (As a fellow reader I do want you guys to know how much I value my Champions and all that you mean to me!)

Tina

February 20, 2018 at 12:55 AM UTC


Kitty,
Thank you for everything.
I read other authors (GASP!!! I know!) and try to blog stalk them, however, they don’t keep us up to date like you do.
I really appreciate it. Especially when I’ve finished your books, again, and need a fix.
Ohhh…. can’t wait for the new books.

Question: Do you have to be a gamer to get the AM Sohma books??

Thanks again

Kitty

February 24, 2018 at 01:06 AM UTC


In directly response to your original comment, Tina, I wanted to add that I’m glad you enjoy my blog! 🙂 It’s been really fun to write in, but I especially appreciate that it’s given us all to grow closer as a community!

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Nina

February 21, 2018 at 06:48 PM UTC


I’m seconding Arletta. You can definitely read it without playing video games.

Megan

February 23, 2018 at 02:21 AM UTC


Yes! As a matter of fact, the Second Age of Retha series gave me a window into my brother’s gamer world, and we were able to have a conversation I actually understood!

Kitty

February 24, 2018 at 12:59 AM UTC


Awww, I got some serious warm fuzzies from reading this comment chain! 🙂 Thanks for taking a chance on Second Age of Retha when you guys aren’t into video games!

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Arletta Miller

February 21, 2018 at 01:40 AM UTC


No, you don’t. I’m not a gamer and I thoroughly enjoy the AM Sohma books. There are a few idioms that I don’t think I get completely, but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the stories.

Have fun.

2017: A Year in Review

Hello Champions! Today the third book in the Entwined Tales series comes out, A Bear’s Bride! This story is written by Shari L. Tapscott and is a retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.” Shari has the best sense of humor ever, and she’s great at writing fast-paced fantasy stories, so I highly recommend you check this one out. You will laugh, I guarantee it! Just like the other books, you can buy it or borrow it through Kindle Unlimited. Click here for the link to check it out!


Moving along, I FINALLY took the time to look back 2017 and the things I learned. Normally I try to do this sort of post much earlier in January, but we were in the middle of the prep and subsequent launch for both Twelve Dancing Princesses and A Goose Girl. Better late than never, though. Right?? *WARNING: There are a few spoilers listed here for the Timeless Fairy Tales Series!*

What I learned as a writer:

  1. I need to vary my projects, or I will go INSANE! This was partially why I launched A. M. Sohma and the Second Age of Retha series. I was starting to sneeze fairy dust after all of my Timeless Fairy Tales work, so even though The Luckless and Desperate Quest take place in a fantasy world, being able to write contemporary main characters was an absolute blast and helped me take a break!

  2. Secondary characters really make the story. This is something I’ve suspected for a while, but the massive Favorite Secondary Character Poll drove it home. It’s not just the main characters who need to be bright and vivid, but the secondary characters too. Even if that’s always been my gut instinct, I’m trying to make it more purposeful now instead of just my preference.

  3. Finishing a series is bittersweet. Before I finished King Arthur and Her Knights with book 7 in the series, Endings, I thought I would want to throw a party and form a parade when I closed it out. (I loved the series, but it was getting to be more difficult to write due to the massive cast of characters, and I really wanted to have a finished series as well.) Instead it ended up being possibly the most difficult book I’ve ever written. Closing out Britt Arthurs’ story and saying farewell to Merlin and all the knights was a lot harder than I expected. Even so, I feel like the story ended well, and Britt and her boys are in a great spot.

  4. I should never be afraid to ask you Champions questions. In 2017 I held a marketing survey that reaaalllyy helped me learn a lot about you guys–your likes, dislikes, how you found me, what you want, etc. This helped me a lot in figuring out how I should move forward in the future. Before I held the survey I was afraid you guys might be upset or think I’m prying, but I was so touched by the great–and HELPFUL–feedback I got!

Fun Memories from 2017:

  1. The aforementioned Favorite Secondary Character Poll! I felt so honored (and loved) to see how passionate you Champions were about the secondary characters–who normally get overlooked! It was also a great joy of mine to crown Cagney and Dooley the reigning champions of 2017.

  2. Revealing The Chosen as the ultimate bad villains in Timeless Fairy Tales. I have been waiting for that for SO LONG, but your reactions made the wait (and all the work that went into it) well worth the payoff!

  3. Exchanging fairy tale book recommendations in my blog–I’m still working through some of the recommendations from there!

  4. Attempting Facebook Live and Youtube Live. It was so fun to be able to interact with Champions in real time! That’s something I want to do more of in the future.

  5. Revealing the MBRC’s and Life Reader’s new book covers!

  6. Laughing with my facebook Champions over all the funny pictures/memes I have dredged up over the past year. (Including swapping dream library photos, that was so fun!)

  7. Discovering the @Broodingyahero twitter feed–check it out if you need a laugh!

  8. This Kitkat commercial

  9. Taking part in the Excellence in Indie Publishing giveaway at Reading is My Superpower

  10. Showing off my geekyside with my A. M. Sohma pen name and facebook page!


Looking Forward to 2018

It’s always tough to try and predict what I’ll do in a year, but I am hoping to finish The Second Age of Retha series with books three and four, and Snow White will for certain be released in December 2018. Snow White will be the final fairy tale in this current arc of the Timeless Fairy Tales series. The arc will officially conclude with Angelique’s trilogy in 2019!


I’m also going to try and get a bit more organized in terms of communicating with you Champions–watch for changes in the newsletter as I drill down and try to understand what you guys want.

And that’s it for this lengthy post! Thank you, everyone–whether you’re a passionate, brand new Champion or a patient old-timer. I’m so thankful and grateful that I can be an author, and I’m honored and humbled by the love you have shown me and my stories. Until next time, take care!

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