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

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

T.D. short story

My T.D. short story, "Susan's Ghost," is in issue 9 of Etereal Tales - available now!

Here's a sneak peek of "Susan’s Ghost " (People’s Choice Winner of the Ethereal Tales Halloween Competition 2009)


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…”



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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Feeding

My haiku "Feeding" is live at Every Day Poets! Please stop by and leave a comment and/or vote on it.

http://www.everydaypoets.com/feeding-by-heather-kuehl/

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Published Wrimo!

My March 2010 release Promises To Keep is now listed on the "Published Wrimos" page of http://www.nanowrimo.org/! There are over 60 published "wrimos", including Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. It makes me so proud to see my name listed there. :o)

http://www.nanowrimo.org/publishedwrimos

Book Signing!

Book Signing at Dreamalot Books

Join paranormal author Heather Kuehl at Dreamalot Books on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 12pm to 3pm. She will be signing copies of her books Fade to Black and Malevolent Dead.

Dreamalot Books
123B S Goose Creek Blvd.
Goose Creek, SC 29445
(843) 572-4188
http://www.dreamalotbooks.com/

Directions To Store:
Dreamalot Books is located on Hwy 52, 123B South Goose Creek Blvd. in Goose Creek. You will find them just inside the Goose Creek city limits in a strip mall with Allstate Ins., on the opposite side of highway from the Waffle House.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Last night

I had so much fun last night at Drinking in the Morning's Spooooky-tacular event. It was nerve wracking being in front of so many people - more than 50 - making me think that I need to work on my public speaking skills, but it was fun.

Pictures are up on my website. https://sites.google.com/site/heatherkuehl/events/signings/drinking-in-the-morning-10-25-10

I hope I get the chance to do something like that again. As nerve wracking as it was, it was a blast.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spooooky-tacular tonight!

Join me tonight at Drinking in the Morning's Halloween Spooooky-tacular as I talk about the Sarah Vargas series. The first 50 guests will receive goodie bags filled with candy, bookmarks, and more from me and the wonderful authors at Eternal Press. Don't forget to stop by the merchandise table to purchase your copy of Fade to Black or Malevolent Dead. Copies are limited! And yes, I will be signing those beautiful books!

The deets (from DitM's Facebook page):

Date:
October 25, 2010

Location:
The Nickelodeon Theater
937 Main Street
Columbia, SC

Time:
Doors open at 10pm, show starts at 10:30pm

More Info:
Spirits take flight at our Drinking in the Morning Spooooky-tacular. Join Aaron and Grant for a frightful evening of mayhem and delight! Vampire writer Heather Dade Kuehl will join us, along with Drunk Joe the Gin-Soaked Magician and some surprise visitors from the shadowy beyond!

In addition to live music from the CASSANGLES, there will also be lots of new media, audience interaction, breaking the fourth wall and web 2.0 cutting edge stuff that really rides the long tail. So make sure you wear your prosumer hats for this social networking extravaganza!

Admission just $5.00, beer and wine will be served! More details as they develop!

Purchase advance tickets here and get a collectible 8x10 print, signed and numbered. Also offering discounted T-Shirts: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.drinkinginthemorning.com%2F%3Fp%3D138&h=7dc1c

http://www.drinkinginthemorning.com/

Space Cops

Space Cops is featured on Bish's Beat today. My short story, "To Walk Among Dreams," was featured in this anthology.

http://bishsbeat.blogspot.com/2010/10/pulp-now-space-cops.html


Excerpt from "To Walk Among Dreams" in Space Cops (c) 2009

The turning of pages was the only sound that embraced the soundproof room. I looked around, taking in the light blue ceiling and stark white walls. A small camera was perched above the door, the shining red light indicating that this session was being filmed. The brightness of the florescent lights mixed with the color of the walls was starting to make my head hurt. I took a drag of my cigarette as I waited.

"Tell me why you think you're here."

The woman who spoke crossed her legs, her hands running over her thighs to make sure that her skirt hung right. Her blonde hair was in a long braid down her back with little wispy bangs covering her forehead. It was a flattering look for her. Her skirt was black with little purple flowers on it, the same shade of purple as her blouse. Her black pumps were more elegant that business-like, telling me that she was a woman of wealth. Her hand covered mine, a comforting gesture. I recoiled as though her touch burned. I refused to meet her eyes. I knew all that I needed to know for now. She was new. She had that fresh, just out of grad school feel to her. She was treating me like any other patient.

"Did they explain to you who I am?" I asked.

"Yes."

"Then there is no need for introductions. Did they explain why I was here?"

"Your file states that you suffer from delusions. You wish to make the world a better place..."

"So I have an imaginary world where I dish out justice," I finished for her. "Go get Dr. Cornwell. I don't have time for this."

She smoothed out her skirt - a nervous gesture - and took a deep breath. "The beginning?"

I sighed and leaned back in my chair, tapping my cigarette on a triangluar red ashtray. I raised my eyes up until they met hers; beautiful cerulean blue with flecks of green and gray. Her eyes gave her away. I could read her so easily that it scared me. She stared back into my eyes through my curtain for curly red hair.

I lowered my gaze and asked, "Has anyone ever told you that your eyes are the windows to your soul?"

I didn't want to talk about me. I needed to know about her. After all, I had my orders.


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Halloween yummies!

I'm sharing my favorite Halloween recipe at Kayden McLeod's blog today. I love these Double Delicious Halloween Bars. YUM!

http://kaydenmcleod.blogspot.com/2010/10/recipemondayshalloween-double-delicious.html

Friday, October 22, 2010

Vote for Malevolent Dead

It's that time again! You Gotta Read Videos has this month's contest open and Malevolent Dead's book trailer is entry #3. Please stop by http://yougottareadvideos.blogspot.com/ to check out the trailers and cast your vote.

Voting ends Oct. 26.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Realms of Fantasy folds

I'm am very sorry to annouce that Realms of Fantasy has closed. This is very upsetting. Since I started writing short fiction getting accepted to this magazine was a goal for me, one that will never happen now. However, this doesn't come as a complete surprise. Realms closed once before and then was revived after being bought by a new editor. I had a feeling that they were struggling, and had thought that they'd go strickly digital like Fantasy Magazine did. I was wrong.

On the RoF main page:
"Realms of Fantasy has ceased operations as of 10/18/10. Please do not send your manuscripts to us. We would love to consider them but can no longer offer them a home. We wish you luck finding a home for your stories elsewhere. Thanks so much for your support over the years."

The publisher did write a note though, explaining the reasons for closing RoF:
http://www.rofmag.com/2010/10/18/a-note-from-the-publisher/

All good things must come to an end...

Malevolent Dead has a review

PenMuse

The Pen and Muse has reviewed Malevolent Dead!

"Kuehl’s skilled writing brings an added dimension to Sarah Vargas without compromising the ass-kicking sensibility of this determined heroine."

Read more at http://thepenmuse.net/archives/1532

Freebies

I've added a new page to my website: Freebies! Just drop me an email and I'll mail you some free stuff. I'll always have bookmarks and book plates. As for the other stuff, it all depends on what I have on hand at the time.

Right now my freebie packages consist of bookmark, bookplate, Malevolent Dead postcard, Promises to Keep mini bookmark, and business card. As I get more fun promo stuff in, I'll post it on here.



https://sites.google.com/site/heatherkuehl/freebiesandsignatures

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Three new reviews

I was in for a surprise this morning when I checked my email. THREE book reviews! *happy dance*


What Night Owl Romance said about Fade to Black, "What you get in this paranormal story is lots of action and excitement. You also get cruel and beat worthy enemy vampires...Oh and the weapons Sarah and Jared use were just COOL!"

They even rated it 4.5 stars! Read more at http://www.nightowlromance.com/nor/Reviews/Silvermage-reviews-Fade-To-Black-by-Heather-Kuehl.aspx


What Night Owl Romance said about Malevolent Dead, "The werewolf attacks were surprising and well described. The blood drinking was sexy, hot and a bit creepy. The action kept the story moving and I thoroughly enjoyed the final battle."

They rated it 4 stars! Read more at http://www.nightowlromance.com/nor/Reviews/Silvermage-reviews-Malevolent-Dead-by-Heather-Kuehl.aspx


What You Gotta Read said about Malevolent Dead, "Sarah reaches out, grabs hold and drags you through the story with her. Non stop suspense, scorching hot love, or is it lust, scenes and enough paranormal nasties to keep you away from the cemetery permanently make this book one you've gotta read."

They rated it a "you gotta read!" Read more at http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/review-malevolent-dead-by-heather-kuehl.html

Charleston as I see it

I'm guest blogging at Dishin It Out today, talking about Charleston as I see it.

http://mizging.blogspot.com/2010/10/welcome-heather-kuehl.html

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New review for Fade to Black

The Pen and Muse has given Fade to Black an excellent review!

"Kuehl’s writing gives Sarah an edgy, street-savvy persona. Sarah is the modern day heroine with smarts who does not need a dashing hero to come to her rescue."

Read more at http://thepenmuse.net/?p=1487

And keep an eye on The Pen and Muse for a (possible) review of Malevolent Dead.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Spooooky-tacular LIVE SHOW featuring vampires!

Time:
Monday, October 25 at 10:00pm - October 26 at 12:00am

Location:
The Nickelodeon Theatre
937 Main Street
Columbia, SC

More Info:
Spirits take flight at our Drinking in the Morning Spooooky-tacular. Join Aaron and Grant for a frightful evening of mayhem and delight! Vampire writer Heather Kuehl will join us, along with Drunk Joe the Gin-Soaked Magician and some surprise visitors from the shadowy beyond!

Admission just $5.00, beer and wine will be served! More details as they develop!

http://www.drinkinginthemorning.com/

Saturday, October 9, 2010

NaNoWriMo

I've been getting ready for National Novel Writing Month. If I write 2k a day, I'll reach 60k by the end of the month and since the goal is 50k, I'll be ahead of the game. I was going to write my T.D. and Dez story, but I think I'll hold off on that. Sarah Vargas has crept into my head again, giving me another wild adventure to think about.

Synopsis: With the Blood Moon Corporation behind her Sarah is ready to start her life with Jared, but a phone call from Donavan puts their well deserved bliss on hold. There's a serial killer murdering humans on the loose in Brainerd, MN, one that changes with the full moon. If the human police catch him, it will put the Seffmoyer Clan in danger - the very Clan that Donavan's sister is in. Will Sarah and Jared be able to catch the supernatural killer before the police do?

I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks outlining this new Sarah Vargas story, making sure that I've got it ready to begin on November 1. And before you cry foul, it's okay to outline prior to NaNo starting. Read the rules and info about this month long event here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/hownanoworks And you can track my progress here ( http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/141463 ) or on my Facebook or Twitter pages.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Siren's Song

My haiku, "Siren's Song," is now up at Aphelion!

http://aphelion-webzine.com/poetry/2010/09/SirenSong.html

I love writing these short poems, trying my best to infuse them with my dark thoughts and paranormal world.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Featured Author

This week I'm the featured author at Romance Writers United. Very cool!

http://rwunited.freehostia.com/featured.html

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Back Story

I was the guest on The Back Story on October 2. I had a blast being on the show, talking about Fade to Black and how I came up with the Sarah Vargas Series. I even got a chance to talk a bit about Malevolent Dead and Blood Moon. To listen to the interview, just go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/back-story/2010/10/02/the-back-story-radio-show .

Malevolent Dead is on YGR Videos

This month, Malevolent Dead is participating in You Gotta Read's Video contest. It is entry #3. I love participating in this contest; it gives me a chance to see other author's book trailers and make notes on how I can improve mine. Make sure you stop by and check it out:

http://yougottareadvideos.blogspot.com/

Don't forget to come back at the end of the month to vote for your favorite trailer. Voting will begin on the 21st and run through the 26th.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Featured Author: Maggie Dove

Please welcome Maggie Dove to my blog today as she give a little peek into her upcoming release, Call Me Duchess.

Blurb for Angel of Windword:
Having traded the blissful existence of her beloved Loire Valley, Angelique Beauvisage finds that Windword Hall has more than one villainous skeleton in the closet. Evil forces are at play surrounding Angelique Beauvisage, but she has no clue. Sensuous and suspense-filled, Angel of Windword, begins with a murder that takes place four years before and turns into a perilous cat and mouse game played by two reluctant lovers, who spin a web of deception that only their love can unravel.


Angel of Windword can be bought at: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781926704654 Paperback and Kindle available at http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Of-Windword-ebook/dp/B003ICWCFI/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_2


Blurb for Call Me Duchess:
Grippingly suspenseful and romantic, Call Me Duchess is a stunning, young woman’s journey to find love in 1870 London while a dashingly handsome chaperone, a heinous villain, and her own lofty aspirations stand in her way. Left penniless by their father, Marguerite Wiggins and her sisters must find husbands during the London season or work as governesses by season’s end. Proud and willful Marguerite is determined to become the next Duchess of Wallingford, but, instead, falls desperately in love with her chaperone even as the duke proposes marriage, a rich noble flirts and wants to deflower her, and a depraved rapist seeks to make her his next victim. No one is who they seem to be and Marguerite Wiggins is a woman in love, who must make the difficult decision between following her heart or attaining her lifetime dreams and ambitions.
Call Me Duchess is my second novel of the Windword Trilogy.

Angel Of Windword, my first novel, was published by Eternal Press on October, 2009. At this time, I am writing my third novel, titled The English Marquesa set in 1870 Spain .
My website is http://www.maggiedove.net/


Biography:
Born in Havana, Cuba, Maggie Dove is a happily married housewife and mother of two, who has lived in the U.S. since she was five. As the granddaughter of a famous Cuban writer and publisher, writing is in her blood. Her family owned one of the oldest newspapers in the Americas. She’s had twenty-six of her letters to the editor published in The Miami Herald. Angel of Windword is her first novel published and the first of the Windword Trilogy. Call Me Duchess, the prequel to Angel of Windword and second novel of the Windword Trilogy will be published by Eternal Press on January, 2011.

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