About Heather Kuehl

Heather Kuehl (pronounced "keel") was born near the Great Lakes, but made her way to South Carolina where she lives to this day. She's the author of Epiphany (an ARe best seller) and The Sarah Vargas Series. The first installment of the Sarah Vargas Series, Fade to Black, reached #1 on Fictionwise.com's best seller list for fantasy ebooks. For more information about Heather's published works, upcoming releases, and events visit her website; http://www.heatherkuehl.com/

NaNoWriMo

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Great News!

It looks like I will be on Book Chatter tomorrow night at 11pm EST!
Make sure to listen in to hear some juicy tidbits about Fade to Black.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Stacey-Cochran



It also looks like I will be on Page Readers sometime in December. Keep an eye out for more information!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Page-Readers

My Busy Day

It sounds like a children's book title, doesn't it?

My busy-ness from yesterday is bleeding over into today. It looks like I'm going to be spending the day either emailing Blog Talk Radio stations requesting interviews or calling bookstores requesting book signings. I had a couple of possibilities when calling yesterday, but the people I needed to talk to weren't in. I'm also trying to line up being a guest on several blogs. I have no idea what to talk about.

It dawns on me that I should have had all of this set up when Fade to Black first came out. And I have a variety of excuses of why I didn't. But I think I know the truth....I was overwhelmed. F2B is my first book. I have no agent setting things up for me and no idea on how to do it on my own. I've been stumbling around like a drunk, hoping that things will fall into place. Well, I've sobered up, done my homework, and is getting my shiznit together. I'm happy that it's not more than a month since F2B's release. If I waited any longer I may have missed my moment, if I haven't missed it already.

Wish me luck, and I'll keep you updated.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Is there something that I should be doing?

I dropped into the Eternal Press Readers Yahoo! Group today. Saw a lot of people posting links to reviews their books have gotten, and it made me rather jealous. Thus far, I have no reviews. I know my book has been sent out, but I haven't heard anything back yet. It makes me wonder. Does it suck that much? I've heard nothing but good things from family members that have read it, but c'mon! Their family. They aren't going to say, "Um Heather, your book blows." It also makes me wonder if reviewers have even gotten it (but I know that they have, because Jen's Book Talk has it listed as one of the e-books she has read this year).

We're in the process of trying to set up book signings. Every time we call or stop by a store the person we have to talk to is "out." It's frustrating. I don't want to do a signing at my work, but I think it may come down to that. I'll keep trying. I really really want to do a signing at All Books and Co.. They are my fave independent bookstore in Summerville. It's be a dream come true to do one there.

Fingers crossed!

My Zazzle Store

I now have a store up on Zazzle.com. It is there that you can buy your Fade to Black merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, stickers, and more. It's remarkably easy to create a Zazzle store, and if you don't have one you should!


www.zazzle.com/iryadragyn

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ethereal Tales Halloween Contest

The votes have been tallied.

The editors have spoken....

And there are two first place winners!

In first place for People's Choice......."Susan's Ghost!" *cheers*
and lets not forget to congratulate the other winner...."Death of a Vampire" by D.S. Scott!




Friday, October 23, 2009

Susan's Ghost

What would you do if you could see ghosts?










What would you do if one of the ghosts was your twin sister?










Vote for "Susan's Ghost" in the Ethereal Tales Halloween Contest to find out. If it wins, "Susan's Ghost" will be in the 2010 Halloween edition of Ethereal Tales.

Excerpt:

Tabitha Desdemona Drake hated October.

It wasn’t the shift in the muggy Charleston weather that got to her. It wasn’t the department stores going Halloween crazy, trying to make sure they had enough Halloween supplies for their customers. It wasn’t even the witch costumes. Having been born a witch herself, Tabitha Desdemona knew that those hags were just a product of a fearful human’s imagination. No, it was none of these things.

It was the ghosts.

From November through September, Tabitha Desdemona rarely saw a spirit. It was refreshing. But October… The closer it got to Halloween, the worse it got. Half of the time she didn’t know if the person she was speaking with was alive or dead. She would just hang in there, doing her best to ignore them until 11:59pm on October 31. Then, when the clock struck midnight, it was like they had never been there.

But this year was destined to be different.

It was Halloween, and the ghost was in her bedroom; a first. The ghost looked just like her, with blonde hair and striking cerulean eyes. Tabitha Desdemona stared for a minute, thinking that she was looking at her reflection until she could see her bed though the ghost’s transparent stomach. Then her heart lurched.

“Oh Susan…”

Susan.

Her twin sister.

Susan had died in April, the victim of a drunk driver. Tabitha Desdemona sat on the edge of her bed as Susan paced in what used to be their bedroom. Now it was hers.

“T.D., you’ve got to help me.”

T.D.. It was the nickname Susan had given to her when they were little. Tabitha Desdemona was a bit of a mouthful for a three year old.

“No. No. No.” The words slipped past T.D.’s lips as she hung her head, trying her best to ignore her sister.

“Yes. Yes. Yes. Don’t you ignore me, sissy. This is important.”

“But you’re dead.”

“And you’re not. And I need a live person to do this for me.”

“I will not harvest human brains for you.”

Susan gave an exasperated sigh and swatted at T.D.’s shoulder. Her hand never made contact; instead travelling unfelt through T.D.’s shoulder. “I’m not a zombie you moron. Just a ghost.”

T.D. sighed. “What do you want me to do?” This would be the first time T.D. had ever asked a ghost what they wanted. She wondered briefly if it would be the last.


To vote for "Susan's Ghost" go here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon


I just finished reading this book yesterday and, on a scale from 1-5, I give it a three. I didn't really care about the characters until I was 2/3 of the way through it. And once Susan and Ravyn started knocking boots, the plot was sent to the curb. It was like, what police corruption? We're having sex!

I'll be honest, it's taken me a bit to get into every Kenyon book that I read. There's just so much back story and terminology for the reader to learn that I spend half the book trying to figure out why Artemis is feeding off people like a vampire. Luckily not too much, or I'd have sworn off her books after I read Archeron. I'm now trying to get into Devil May Cry (or as I like to call it, the one with Sin and Katra. These book titles have NOTHING to do with the plot of the book). I think if these books were 150 pages long I'd like them better. Because by 2/3 of the way through, Sin and Katra have already had sex (even though she looks like her mother Artemis who Sin hates with all his soul. Why would you boink someone to looks like your enemy?), Katra meets her father for the first time (a thing that should have been super emotional, but wasn't), and there's demons killing people. But like I said before, once the two main characters start getting frisky, all plot points go bye-bye.

I think that's why I don't read much romance. I like plot, and when the sex becomes what matters most, I get bored. Don't get me wrong, I love a good sex scene (Eric and Sookie in the shower is my fave) but I don't like it when the plot gets tossed aside for it. *cough*Anita Blake*cough*

Will I keep reading Kenyon's Dark Hunter series? Yep. It's interesting enough, and the books are fairly short.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Malevolent Dead

For some reason, Googlesites doesn't like my Googlepages page. So, until I can fix it, my website is down...which is a total bummer. I really need to drop the money on my own URL.


Is anyone else having issues with Google sites converting their Google pages sites?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Now in Print!

For those of you that didn't want an e-book...

Fade to Black is now in print and avaliable at Amazon.com!

http://www.amazon.com/Fade-Black-Heather-Kuehl/dp/1926704770/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255715322&sr=8-1

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Promises to Keep

Remember how I was in the final stages of editing Promises to Keep? Well, silly me never backed it up and it was a casualty in the Great Puter Crash of 09. Good news; I still had to original draft saved on my mom's external hard drive and I had a notebook of hand written edits. Within the last couple of days I have gone through P2K, making corrections and backing it up and printing up the latest draft. And I can say, with a huge smile on my face, that this novella is almost ready to be submitted to various markets (the first being Eternal Press because they were awesome to work with). And while it isn't my best/favorite story, P2K will be my greatest accomplishment.

Why?

Synopsis: Starlette DeFore knows that her father is alive, even though her family buried him ten years ago. And when a faerie confirms this she travels to Charleston, South Carolina to hunt down Sivad Night, the only person to have ever escaped from the hands of a powerful sorceress, The Dark Lady Dreashae. With help from a witch they travel into the Myst, a fantasy realm filled with centaurs, dragons, and magic. Starlette is very close to finding her father, but first she must defeat Dreashae. Will Starlette, a mere mortal, have the strength needed to finish her quest and save her father?

When I was a naieve freshman in high school, I wrote the original draft of this story entitled The Quest to Twin Towers. I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and submitted it to various literary agents. No one picked it up and years later, when I was participating in NaNoWriMo 2006, I knew why. The dialogue - not believable. The description - craptastic. TQ2TT was my first "novel" writing venture, and it bombed. But the plot...that had a lot of potential. So, in 2006, I sat down for NaNoWriMo and used the original draft of TQ2TT as an outline. Out came Promises to Keep, a 31,000 word novella (It was originally 53,000 words, but a lot of it was filler junk. You NaNo writers know what I mean). The characters are the same, I think two scenes are the same, but 99.3% of it was brand new.

With my editing, it's now down to 28,000 words. I cut out the elves (filler) and changed Dreashae from a faerie noble into a sorceress (her powers were just too similar to the sorcerers in my short stories). Instead of the Myst being a faerie kingdom separated into two courts, I have the Myst just the name of the fantasy realm that they are in. A lot has changed with this story in ten years. I now use TQ2TT as a way to show my how my writing has grown. And hell yeah, it has grown...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My one and only FAQ.

I’ve been asked a lot over the last couple of days how I can juggle writing with a job and child. And until now I never realized that I was juggling anything. I mean, I knew it was hard. But I never realized that this is a time in a lot of writers lives when they stop, not picking up a pen (so to say) again until the kiddo starts school. I’m a writer, first and full most. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine life without it. Yes, there are times when I will go months without writing a thing because life’s too damned hectic, but when I’m not writing I’m editing. I’m always doing something writing related. And when my son was born and life became more hectic, the fantasy world I wrote in became my getaway. When he goes down for a nap, I write. When he goes to bed for the night (and yes, I am well aware of how lucky I am that my son sleeps though the night), I write. The house may be a mess and laundry may need to be done but all that can wait when the muse strikes.

I just read through this and realized that I never included a very important factor; I still work part time. Yep, never quit my job.

Anyways, here’s a rough guesstimate of how my “off” days usually are: I wake up around 5am, when hubby leaves for work. I get most of my internet things out of the way (update Twitter, facebook, myspace, blog, etc.). Kiddo wakes up around 6:30. I feed and play with him until he goes down for a nap (usually around 11:30 or so). On lucky days, he sleeps 2 hour naps. On not so lucky days, 30 min. During that time, I either writer or edit (sometimes chores if they are way too backed up). After noon time is more feeding, more playing, and a couple of walks if the weather is nice. Then hubby gets home around 6 and the kiddo goes down for the night around 7.

Works days, I work 9-5. When I get home I play with the kiddo. No writing gets done on these days. Spending time with my little man is my priority.

Like I said earlier, I never realized that I was juggling, but I guess I am. I wear a lot of hats (full time writer, full time wife and mother, part time worker) but I couldn’t be happier with my life. Everything is fitting together quite nicely. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

FADE TO BLACK - Today's the day!

When I was in sixth grade, I realized that I wanted to be a writer. Not just a writer, I wanted to be a published author. When I was in ninth grade I had my first story published in Wild Tales for Cool Kids writing contest. That was when I realized that I didn't just want to be a published author, shoved into an anthology with other authors. I wanted my own book. I wanted to know that when it sold, people bought it because they liked me.

And now, what feels like a bazillion years later, my dream has come true. FADE TO BLACK is released and I feel like I'm floating. Years of hard work and determination, sculpting the manuscript from a hunk of stone into an elegant piece of paranormal fiction, has finally paid off. I don't think it truly hit me until this morning, when I was looking at the Eternal Press main page. And now....I am a writer who's at a loss for words.

Thank you, Eternal Press, for making my dream come true. Thank you Ally, Lauren, Lisa, Candace, Sheryl, Ellen, Pamela, and the rest of the EP staff. Thank you Amanda for my beautiful cover art! And congrats to my fellow October authors; Maggie Dove, Mary Corrales, Roxanne Rhods, Teel James Glenn, Shelley Dayton, Graeme S. Houston, and A.J Ryan.

Later on this afternoon I will be posting the first chatper of FADE TO BLACK onhere. Then join me from 7-8pm EST tonight for the live author chat!(http://www.eternalpress.ca/LiveAuthorChats.html)

Heather Kuehl

Today's the day!

FADE TO BLACK is offically released!

Go here to buy your copy!
http://www.eternalpress.ca/fadetoblack.html

Join me tonight from 7-8pm EST in the Eternal Press chat room!
http://www.eternalpress.ca/LiveAuthorChats.html

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Live Chat Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is release day! What does that mean? Well, it means:

1) FADE TO BLACK will be available to purchase from www.eternalpress.ca!
2) I will be posting excerpts at the EPReader's Yahoo! group
and last but not least,
3) From 7-8pm EST I will be doing a live author chat here: http://www.eternalpress.ca/LiveAuthorChats.html

Stop by, ask me some questions, or just chat! I'll be there....waiting.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What's Hot In Romance Interview!

My interview went great!
Even when my phone died…silly phone.
Cat was so nice, which made me not as nervous as I was when I dialed into the station. This entire thing makes me so giddy because this was my first interview! I mean, wow!

That’s all I can say now. It’s late here and the adrenaline from this is finally wearing off.

Did you miss it? Never fear, you can listen to it here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Hot-In-Romance
Just scroll down until you see my name!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Interview info!

Here's the deets!

All Romance eBook's 'What's Hot in Romance' Blog Talk Radio Show.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Hot-In-Romance

Listen in on 10/5 @ 10pm EST to listen to my interview!

2 days....

Two more days....
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Sign up for the Eternal Press Readers Yahoo! Group to read additional excerpts.

Don't forget to keep an eye out for my alive radio blog interview. I think it's through Meebo, so keep an eye out on my Myspace page or Blogger page on 10/5 @ 10pm EST!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

3 Days! – Interview – Homecoming – Computer Issues

Only three more days until the e-book FADE TO BLACK is available to purchase! I can’t believe it’s already time. I just can’t wait. You can purchase the e-book at www.eternalpress.ca or at www.bn.com.
“But wait! I thought it was in print too!”
It will be. It should be available to purchase from www.amazon.com around the beginning of December. Just in time for the holidays! FADE TO BLACK would make an excellent gift for the paranormal bookworm.
“Do you have any more excerpts from Fade to Black?”
Why yes I do. They are going to be posted on F2B’s release day (October 7th) But you have to sign up for the Eternal Press Readers Yahoo! Group to see them. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EternalPressReaders/ to sign up.

On Monday October 5th at 10pm EST, I will be interviewed on alive radio blog. As soon as I know more, you will know more!

My short story “Homecoming” will be in an upcoming issue of Abandoned Towers. I am so happy about this acceptance, because this was one of the stories I lost when my computer died.

And speaking of dead computers…I should be getting my lappy back online this weekend. HP sent me a new hard drive and I will be sending them a nasty-gram sometime soon. I mean, this lappy is less than three years old. There is NO reason for both the motherboard and the hard drive to die on me within the past year. *sigh* Hopefully this will be last of my lappy problems…and since I doubt it I now have a desktop computer. The monitor is a monster though (seriously, I think it attacked Tokyo last night) and I plan on replacing it with a smaller, flat screen one.

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