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, January 30, 2011

Anthology Update

I've spent the last couple of days working my butt off, putting together what will eventually be Far and Away; a collection of flash fiction and poetry. Due to the fact that several of my favorite short stories won't be available to be placed into an anthology for a couple of years yet, I've decided to focus my attention on my much shorter works. I'm contacting cover artisits right now, trying to find someone to do the cover art for this anthology. I'm going to published through Smashwords.com sometime this summer or fall. Hopefully. :o)

Getting Serious Now: By Quinn Longstrong

I must say that I agree whole heartedly. Facebook needs to redefine what they consider "inappropriate" and not be biased when it comes to the sexual orientations of it's members. Please read what Quinn Longstrong so eloquently said, and stop discrimination!
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This whole hypocritical shit that has been going on lately with Facebook and those who are of same gender or bi-sexual orientations with tasteful and artful pictures on their profiles getting buillied into basically "hiding" who they are is old and tired. The world isn't meant for just some and not others. I have proof.

1. In the dawn of American civilization Pilgrims and explorers came to the New World to forge out a new life. Native Americans were not only killed, run off their homelands, or forced conversion of anglo saxon christian belief systems but eventully through the first couple of centuries were forced to live on reservations where many stil reside. Many Native American tribes have all but become extinct because of "some people thinking the country were for some and not all".

2. In the 1600s through well the late 60's(well pretty much still prevalent) African-American people have been enslaved and discriminated against. They have been beaten, separated, sold, and every other atrocity just because of the color of their skin and because "some people thinking the country were for some and not all" said they were not intelligent enough to have their own rights and lives...yeah tell that sad stupid shit to Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poiter, Nelson Mandela, and President O'Bama.

3.In the mid 80s through 1990, a young boy who was plagued with hemophilia contracted AIDS through a life saving blood transfusion and was run out of his Indiana town. Ryan White was the center of paranoia and he was just a little kid. He was denied the right to an education, shunned, tormented, his family tormented, all because "Some people thinking the country were for some and not for all" decided it. They were sorry later, but really all they will ever be is sorry sacks of shit if you ask me.

4. Laramie,WY, a young college student by the name of Matthew Shepherd was beaten and left for dead because he was homosexual. He never did anything to anyone and yet two upstanding young men were part of the "Some people thinking the country were for some and not all" club. Pathetic and Fred Phelps and his fanatics can suck my dick!

5. Teena Brandon, a transgendered human being was raped, beaten, and killed for what....because she was born the wrong gender? Because he fell in love with a woman? I tell ya, the "Some People Who Thinking the Country is for some and not all" really need to realize that they're group is getting smaller and smaller.

I can go on and on. Despite your skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or even your religeon everyone has the right to be happy and live the way that makes them that way! I think we have proven that skin color doesn't determine intelligence and sexual orientation doesn't mean you're an instant child molester or pornographer! Everyone has the right under the Constitution to be able to have freedom of speech,the press, to worship how they will, etc. and the right to post their pictures on a social network site. My problem is people getting profiles yanked because they have tasteful and beautiful pictures of same sex couples yet "straight" members can post near X rated pictures and there's no problem as far as Facebook is concerned.

THIS IS WRONG!

--Quinn Longstrong

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My first article!

I'm so excited! Siren Book Reviews Ezine's first issue is now available, which means my article, "So You've Gotten Published. Now What?" is now available. This is my first published artcile. :o)

My short story, "Whispers of the Night," is also within this issue. Two great things....

AND THEY'RE FREE!!

Totally nifty, right?


SBR Feb '11 Issue TOC

4 - SBR sits down with Edward Kendrick, Author of Everyone’s Man

8 - Siren’s Best Books of 2010

12 - Writing Fiction - The Pitfalls, by Chris Burton

14 - Whispers of the Night, by Heather Kuehl

18 - So, you’ve gotten published. What’s next? By Heather Kuehl

20 - Nightseekers by Cindy Jacks

22 - SBR speaks with D.C. Juris, Author of On Solid Ground

Lost in Translation

This should come as no surprise; I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. Loved the show and was heartbroken to see it go. So when I heard that Joss Whedon was creating season eight of the show using comics as his medium, I jumped on it. Granted, it wasn't until issue seven, but I quickly caught up.

40 issues later, I'm hooked yet again and looking forward to season nine. When I saw the motion comic at the store, I just had to add it to my collection. It didn't realize until I watched all 19 issues that I missed quite a bit. Yes, I read and reread those comics over and over. But I think some things are lost when there's no description or inflection to go along with some things. Then again, it might be because I know how everything plays out now. I really hope they turn the rest of the season into a motion comic. It was way cool to watch. I think I'm going to rewatch the entire series soon. Joss hinted at things sometimes two season before they came to pass. I wonder if he hinted at all about the events in season 8...

Season 8 overview: After the events in season 7, there is no longer only one slayer (two if you count Faith). There are roughly 2,000 girls in all the world, chosen to fight the forces of darkness with Buffy as their leader. A new big bad surfaces, one with the backing of Uncle Sam, who wants to destroy Buffy and her Slayer army; Twilight. Don't get the name confused with sparkly vamps who are more emo than evil. Twlight will do anything to get to Buffy, even if it means killing the people she loves most.

Reoccuring characters from the show: Buffy, Willow, Xander, Giles, Faith, Spike (YAY!), Andrew, Dawn, Dark Willow, Riley, Harmony, Oz, Ethan Rayne, Angel, Dracula, Warren, Kennedy, Robin Wood, Rona, Vi, and Amy. There may be more, but that's off the top of my head.

New characters to love: Satsu, Fray (Love her!), Twilight*, Renee, Saga Vasuki, Lady Genevieve, Jacob, and Alexia. Of course, there's more than that, but those are my favorites.
*Yes, I listed Twilight as a character to love. I think you have to love the big bad at least a little to appreciate the complexity of the season. :o)

Season eight rating: 8/10


Buffy Season 8 is published by Dark Horse Comics.

Monday, January 24, 2011

P&E Update

I'm in second place at the P&E Reader's Poll for Best Poem! Please vote for "Beauty is the Beast" to make it #1. Voting ends Wednesday Jan 26.

http://critters.org/predpoll/poem.shtml

My first blog award

I love these blog awards. It's a great way to get to know people online, and get to know their blogs as well. Marva Dasef, who you may remember was a guest on here back in December, nominated me for the Stylish Blogger Award. Nifty, it's it?

The rules for accepting this award are:

Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award . Thank you so much, Marva!

Share 7 things about yourself .

Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers and ontact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

Here goes with 7 things about myself:




  1. I'm a stay at home mom to a beautiful little boy.
  2. I have a Bachelor of Science degree; majored in European History and minoring in English.
  3. I was the editor of my high school literary magazine.
  4. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer; the TV show and the comic. I'm actually watching the season 8 motion comic while I write this.
  5. I an author... I feel like saying "duh!" after that. After all, my blog is all about my writing. :o)
  6. When I decided to become a SAHM, I had been working in the Berkeley County Library System for nine years.
  7. I love watching Family Guy. I can never get enough of that show.


Now, 10 awesome bloggers:

Cate Masters's Blog - http://catemasters.blogspot.com/
Margaret West's Blog - http://margaret-paranormalromanceauthor.blogspot.com/
Lyn Perry's Blog - http://blogginoutloud.blogspot.com/
Amy Ruttan's Blog - http://amyruttan.blogspot.com/
Maggie Dove's Blog - http://www.maggiedove.net/apps/blog/
Robin Wolfe's Blog - http://www.robinwolfe.com/
Fangtastic Books Blog - http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/
Kayden McLeod's Blog - http://kaydenmcleodparanormal.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Taylor's Blog - http://stephanietaylorauthor.com
Arianna Skye's Blog - http://ariannaskye.com/blog

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Anthology!

I've decided that I'm putting together an anthology full of my previously published and new short stories. Currently I own the rights to all but three of my previously published stories, and by the time I get the anthology together I might own those rights again as well. I plan on having it be full of both fantasy and paranormal, and maybe some flash fiction as well. We'll see how it goes. :o)

P&E Reader's Poll

Some awesome person nominated "Beauty is the Beast" at Pred&Ed Go to http://critters.org/predpoll/poem.shtml to vote. Voting ends Wed, 1/26; that's four days!

Currently I'm tied for 6th. I'd like to see this poem reach #1!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Preditor and Editor

The polls over at Preditor and Editors is open, and this year they're open until Jan 26. Click on the link below to look through the categories, and then vote for your favorite author, book, publisher, etc. I've already cast my vote, and no, I didn't vote for myself. I saw several of my fellow Eternal Press authors listed on there, as well as Eternal Press themselves.

Only 11 days left to pick your favs. And the best part is, if your favorite isn't listed, you can add it.

http://www.critters.org/predpoll/

Friday, January 14, 2011

Coming soon: The Blood Moon Scavenger Hunt!

In celebration of BLOOD MOON’s release, I’m hosting the BLOOD MOON scavenger hunt! Every day I’ll give a clue on Facebook and Twitter, and you email me the answer.

Rules:
Email your answers to heatherkuehl(at)gmail(dot)com, subject: BMSH. Entires must have that subject – I get too much spam. Person with the first correct answer wins for the day; person with the most first correct answers wins the grand prize.

PRIZES
GRAND PRIZE:
Sarah Vargas box set! One winner will get copies of FADE TO BLACK, MALEVOLENT DEAD, and BLOOD MOON in either pdf or print. Note: If you are the winner and you choose print, do know that it won’t be until April or May when you’ll receive your prize (I have to wait until the print copies come available).

Second and third place prizes:
Winner’s choice! Winner will have their choice of a copy of one of my books (FADE TO BLACK, MALEVOLENT DEAD, or PROMISES TO KEEP only), again in either pdf or print.

Daily prize:
The person with the first correct answer wins for the day. I’ll be giving away wolf bracelets, paw print earrings, or the occasional $5 Amazon gift card.

I'll post reminders the closer it gets. This is going to be so much fun!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pro market response times

I have to get on my soap box about this...

I just withdrew a short story submission, "Whispers of the Night," from a pro market because it got accepted by Siren Book Reviews Ezine (which I'm happier about). Here's what I got as a response:

Dear Miss Kuehl,

As requested I am withdrawing your story from our reading queue. You will get a second notice of withdrawal attached to your submissions e-mail.

Many pro markets are behind as we are right now and closing their submissions to catch up. Weird Tales being one of them. We certainly have no problems accommodating withdrawals, however I would respectfully ask that in the future you adhere to guidelines and not send us simultaneous submissions. we do not accept simultaneous submissions. In return our newer authors enjoy being in the same magazine as such names as Bradbury, Romero and others.

One thing I might suggest for you that could be helpful for your future in submitting stories in pro markets such as ours, is to expect lengthy waits. for instance it isn't untypical for a publisher like Doubleday to by the rights to a book that doesn't see print for at least a year. One way to do that is to tailor a story for that particular magazine or publisher and then submit and go on to writing the next. All of the top names in the industry we have dealt with do this.

I sincerely hope this helps with the frustration of waiting,



I feel like writing him back. I really do. I don't mind lengthy waits. What I mind is when your site says that you have a four month response time (120 days) and it's been 277 days. When a market gets so far behind, they shouldn't be shocked to find that authors are simultaneously submitting to other markets. (BTW: I submitted to them several years ago. It took 647 days that time (Jul 2007-Apr 2009). I had hoped that they got their game straight over the years. Guess I was wrong.) For that matter, markets shouldn't do that; not allow simsubs. If it takes almost a year to make a 4 month decision, either change the guidelines on your site or allow simsubs. Easy as pie.

I don't mind waiting a year if your guidelines say it'll be a year.


Also, learn to spell. You're a pro literary magazine. Look like it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's time...


...to do the cover art happy dance!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

And a new year has begun

Happy 2011 everyone! I hope you all had a fun and safe holiday. Just a day after 2011 began, one of my resolutions have already panned out. I had two goals for my son during 2011; to get him out of his crib and into a twin sized bed and to have him potty trained. Potty training is still in the distant future, he's already in his twin sized bed! *happy dance*

Last night I jumped back on the writing wagon (after having not written a word since November) and added 3k to my WIP, Gray Magic. Gray Magic was my NaNoWriMo 2010 novel, and after reading through it I discovered that it made very little sense. I've had to toss a lot of it, and try to make sense out of what I've decided to keep. I'm about 15k into my rewrite. I don't think the final product will be 50k, since I'm a chapter away from hitting a vital turning point before wrapping things up. My goal right now is 30k.


In other news...

Blood Moon is due to be released in two months!

Epiphany has been submitted to two other publishers. It's almost been a year since I submitted it to my first choice publisher. A year with no response leads me to believe that it's a rejection.

Congratulations to Ashley Verdi. She won a $25 Amazon gift card from my Bitten By Books contest back in September.

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