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

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Time to vote!

Tomorrow is August 1st. Not only will it be time for a new featured author, but it will also be the time to vote for FADE TO BLACK or PROMISES TO KEEP.

Voting starts tomorrow and ends on Aug 31 on D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters. Since my books were featured on there in July, you can now vote for your favorite cover, first line, last line, and best first chapter! To vote just go on First Chapters tomorrow morning and scroll down to where it says CONTEST! Polls open at 12:02am EST on Aug 1.

FADE TO BLACK

PROMISES TO KEEP

Vote tomorrow for your favorite one!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters: Promises to Keep

Stop by D. Renee Bagby's Blog to read the first chapter of PROMISES TO KEEP!

D. Renee Bagby Presented My First Chapter

Blog Talk Radio stations for book promo

List created by Crystalwizard 10/13/09
Blog Talk Radio show list:
Suggested blogtalk radio shows

FastForward Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fastforwardradio/2008/01/07/FastForward-Radio
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Sonar4Magtalkshow
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Sonar4Magtalkshow
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Alpha Waves Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alphawaves
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The SciFi Pulse Podcast.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/SciFiPulse
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Sonar4Magtalk Show
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Sonar4Magtalkshow
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Earth Frenzy Radio Show
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/earthfrenzyradio
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Across the pond
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond
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Book club girl
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Book-Club-Girl
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Raw Inspirations Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rawinspirations
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Book Bites for Kids
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/bookbitesforkids
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Book that Author
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Book-That-Author
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Circle of Seven
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Circle-Of-Seven
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The Beyond
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TheBeyond
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Conversations Live! with C. A. Webb
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive
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Top Shelf
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TopShelf
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Sound Authors Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/soundauthors
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Library Love Fest
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LibraryLoveFest
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Speaking Volumes
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/speakingvolumes
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Michigan Literary Network Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/MichiganLiteraryNetwork
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Urban literary Review
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/urbanliteraryreview
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Word Smitten
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/WordSmitten
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Author Autobahn
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/AuthorAutobahn
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Catch that book radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Catch-That-Book
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West Coast Authors
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/crsgorley
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Page Readers
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Page-Readers
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I Just finished
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/I-just-finished
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Literary Pizzazz
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/literarypizzazz
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KWODradio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/KWODradio
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Stacey Cochran
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Stacey-Cochran
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achoen843
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/acohen843
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GA Lit Angels
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Cherithe
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Strategic Talk Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Strategic-Talk-Radio
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Christine Rose
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/christinerose
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Books and Things
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Books-and-Things
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Before Bedtime
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beforebedtime
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The Book Stops Here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/BookStopsHere
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EPRN
(3 shows - morning coffee, today's author, the news from eprn)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ewenprime
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Back-Story
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Back-Story
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Creative Soul (not just authors)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/creativesoul
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ASA Blog Talk
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ASA-Blog-Talk
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The Teen Zone
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TheTeenZone
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The Literary Diva
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/diva29
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Updates!

I didn't say this before, but July was my vacation from promotion. Since October I've been doing nothing but updating websites, writing guest blogs, and promotion the wazoo out of myself. I've earned many new readers from all that hard work, but I really really needed a break and with MALEVOLENT DEAD's release just around the corner (SEPTEMBER 7th!) I knew that break had to happen now.

Well, July is almost over and things are already starting to pick up again. I have an interview on Poetic Monthly at 6:30pm EST on August 3, a live chat at Romance Junkies at 9pm EST on August 4, and blurb party the week of August 8th. My MALEVOLENT DEAD tour is quickly forming, and the growing list of events can be found here.

And speaking of MALEVOLENT DEAD, the full first chapter can be found on MD's page. I've also updated my Zazzle store with new merchandise, including Team Jared and Team Damian tshirts as well as MD bumper stickers and magnets.

I was notified today that, thanks to a contest I entered at Fang-tastic Books, I won 100 postcards from Uprinting.com. I love free promo things and I love Fang-tastic Books!

I also added a countdown on both my website and this blog. Only 41 days until MD's release. 41 days until you can see what happens next with Sarah Vargas. Don't worry; it'll be here before you know it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters: Fade to Black

Stop by D. Renee Bagby's First Chapters Blog today and read a piece of FADE TO BLACK!

D. Renee Bagby Presented My First Chapter

http://dreneebagbypresentsfirstchapters.blogspot.com/2010/07/fade-to-black-by-heather-kuehl.html?zx=fce3df97fbd7f414

And don't forget that the sequel to FADE, MALEVOLENT DEAD, is due out on Sept 7th!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Another New Review

FADE TO BLACK has gotten another great review, this time from Bitten By Books. It makes me so happy that everyone seems to love it and they want to know what happens next. :o)

Here's the link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=27629

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Authors Read Closing

I got this email today from Authors Read. It's really sad that their closing their doors, since this was (in my opinion) one of the best promo opportunities out there.


Apologies in advance to all concerned with this message:

Authors Read Radio will be closing its doors as of noon, July 31. Apologies to all the guests who have booked with us for Aug-November of 2010 for this program. We will be unable to fulfill that obligation with you.

We will no longer be accepting applications on the program - however if you feel you have a topic suiting our Conscious Discussions audience (nonprofit orgs, greening the planet, etc) than please do feel free to query us for that. See our site for more info:
www.brummet.ca. We will be not able to run the radio program as of July 31st due to a change in the family that requires us to make more time available. It is with some sadness that we let this radio program go, as it was such a wonderful experience supporting other authors in this way. However all the archived episodes of Authors Read will remain online indefinitely for those who would like to sample those previously aired shows.

Our other endeavors including the newsletter, blogs, media ad exchanges, and Conscious Discussions Radio show, etc, - will all continue as usual. And as such we continue to welcome networking, ad exchanges and so on. *New website changes at www.brummet.ca will be happening over the next couple of months, so keep dropping by to see what we've done there as you have time. Also - Coming in Aug/Sept we will have affiliate opportunities for our e-books for those of you who are interested in this. Watch for announcements in our newsletter and on the blog :)

Thank you, too, for all our writing-colleagues who have supported us by purchasing one of our 3 books - helping us keep our projects going as well. I greatly appreciate the feedback from publicists and publishers who have seen the value of Purple Snowflake Marketing and have begun to recommend it to others! Thank you all, so very much.

In appreciation,
Lillian


At least the back episodes will still be available. That's always good. But now this means that I won't be reading from MALEVOLENT DEAD on there in Sept. :,(

Monday, July 12, 2010

Would you appear in your book's movie?

I don't know if I would or not. I wouldn't want any lines, that's for sure. If I were in FADE TO BLACK, I'd want to be one of the Weres in Donavan's house during his meeting. Just in the background. In PROMISES TO KEEP I'd ask to be one of the witches at Iris Falls Church. In MALEVOLENT DEAD I'd again want to be in the background, a Were or one of Damian's vamps. It would be an inside joke of sorts, one that my fans would pick up on.

I started thinking about this when I saw the premire of Eclipse. We went to the theater that was showing all three Twilight movies and for those of you who didn't know, Stephanie Meyer is in the Twilight movie. See Charlie over her left shoulder? It's really quick, and if you're not looking for it it's easily missed.


A lot of authors were in the movies that their books are based off of. I think Stephen King was in one (can't remember which right now). S.E. Hinton was in The Outsiders movie (she was the nurse.) Even Stan Lee is in most of the Marvel movies. Here's a picture of him in Daredevil:


So my question to my writer friends is this: if a movie based on your books was being made, would you make a cameo?

Friday, July 9, 2010

I'm now reviewing books

I just got hired as the Charleston Paranormal Fiction Examiner for Examiner.com. I'll be reading books and posting reviews. How awesome is that?! My first review should be up soon; I've already submitted it.

I used to do this in high school for the school newspaper so this new job is very blast from the past. I liked writing reviews, but never really got the chance to pursue it. Now I'm having to remember all those things I learned in journalism class that I thought I'd forgotten. Come to find out I remember it all. I guess spending three years writing for the newspaper really stuck. LoL!


EDIT (8:44PM): Here's my Examiner link. My first review is already up!
http://www.examiner.com/x-58147-Charleston-Paranormal-Fiction-Examiner

Monday, July 5, 2010

Two Great Things Today

I'm loving today, and it just began! I check my email and discover that I won a free month of advertising from Coffee Time Romance. Yayy! Just in time for MALEVOLENT DEAD's release. Have I ever mentioned how much I love free stuff?

I'm also blogging on how I find a good book at Cate Masters blog today: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/2010/07/in-author-spotlight-heather-kuehl.html

Do I judge a book by its cover? How many pages do I read before I give up on a book? You'll just have to stop by Cate's blog to find out!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Reading From FADE TO BLACK

I'm going to be reading chapters one and two from FADE TO BLACK on Authors Read today. To listen to the show live stop by http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread at 12pm EST but don't worry. I'll edit this post later today to add the show link in case you miss it.

I'm going to risk sounding like a commercial but Authors Read is a phenomenal place to promote your writing. If you're a writer and haven't been on their show yet, shame on you for missing out.


Edit (1:22PM) - : Here's the link for the show!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread/2010/07/02/heather-kuehl--fade-to-black

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcoming Donaya Haymond!

A half-Thai, half-American who has also lived in Laos and China, Donaya Haymond got her first paid publishing spot in the summer of 2003, a book recommendation for Travel Around the World magazine. Her multi-year spot on the staff doing the only English column in the Thai periodical probably came about because her mother was old school chums with the editor. But with that came a chance to get published in That's Beijing. And with that she gained both the confidence and credentials to have Samsara and Aoife's Kiss, both fantasy magazines, to pay attention to her. Later she won an Honorable Mention in the Arena Stage Young Playwright's Contest of 2008 for her avant-garde ten-minute script about young people, love, and mood disorders. She also ended her high school career with a $500 scholarship for excellence in writing, the first year the prize was ever awarded there.

Through these successes, though, her love was chiefly for Laconia and its residents (past, present, and future). What started out as an extremely elaborate version of imaginary friends evolved to a Cinderella story if the prince were actually a contract. The fairy godmother, Sally Odgers, she met at Fanstory.com. The award-winning, amazingly prolific Tasmanian author, wordsmith, teacher, and manuscript assessor provided Donaya with advice, encouragement, and eventually a letter of recommendation. Now she has edited her first three novels with Eternal Press and remains a mentor without equal.

"Donaya" is taken from the Pali Sanskrit word for "daughter", pronounced "DAWN-ah-yah", and it is "HAY-mond", not "Hammond".

Haymond attends college in Virginia and spends winter and summer vacations wherever her parents happen to be living at the moment. Her Thai is fluent but barely shy of being illiterate (she can read road signs in Thailand with some strain, children's books with help and agony). She enjoys fencing sabre, but almost always loses a bout. Her singing is better than her feeble attempts at athletics but nothing particularly distinguished. She identifies herself as having Bipolar Disorder that usually doesn't prevent her functioning at a high level, though it is sometimes necessary that she be given accommodations. Raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by her father, despite having a Buddhist mother, she now claims ideological kinship with the Unitarian Universalists despite her rarely going to the meetings - she adores the local congregation but simply has no convenient mode of transport. Her greatest fear is driving a car. Her greatest wish is that love will turn out, in the end, to have been enough.



WAKING ECHOES

Accepting yourself can be unusually difficult. Taylor Calvin is a hardworking, intelligent high school student who’s been stretching herself a bit thin lately. This is not improved by the appearance of Tylianvornika, a ghost that claims to be Taylor from a previous life in another dimension, one she shared with her closest friends. Now Taylor must juggle daily problems that merely feel like the end of the world, along with memories and a persistent haunting concerning the actual ending of a world.

“Are you an angel?” Taylor believed strongly in angels, but never thought one would come to her.

“Again, sort of. I’m kind of a transfigured being. Did you think what happened today was a string of coincidences? They were echoes, Taylor Calvin. Your memories have been asleep, and they are awaking.”

“Can I at least know your name, kind of a transfigured being?”

The girl’s insubstantial, colorless lips smiled slightly. “I’m glad I didn’t change much.”

“Excuse me?”

“I am Tylianvornika, resident of Canyonar, which is now pretty much nonexistent. The entire universe vanished too. Kind of upsetting, really. Right now I am sleeping in my world, in the split second before I die. I have been promised that, after I die, I and my friends will be reborn into a new world passing through the test that Canyonar failed. That is, I’m you.”

“Me?”

“Today seems familiar because it happened before, but on a greater scale. I am here to tell you about the last year of your previous life—the last year of my life.” She laughed, dropping all the mystical pretension in her voice and sounding like an adolescent again. “It’s pretty exciting for me too.”


The novel is the third in Haymond's Legends of Laconia, USA series, but may be read independently of the previous two entries. It is perhaps the most personally involved of the books, having been written during the difficult period immediately after she began treatment for her mood disorder and was forced to move countries partway through the semester in order to get the care she needed. Besides being an absorbing read, Waking Echoes serves as a metaphor for Haymond's radical change in self-image - at age 15-16, no less - and her journey to acheive wholeness.

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