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I just found out today that my beloved paranormal/mystery novel “The Bridge” is now available in the United Kingdom through Amazon.uk.com.  I hope it does well over there.   Here’s the link:



To celebrate my first novel “The Bridge” being #44 on Smashwords Horror Bestseller list of books over 100K words, I’m taking 50% off the price. It’s now available there for $1.50 for this weekend. So take advantage of it while you can. There’s 15 reviews on this page so you can get a good idea of what others have been saying about this strange blend of paranormal mystery and science fiction.

Remember: Smashwords offers this book in the following e-reader formats: Apple, Sony, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, EPUB, PDF (for regular laptops and desktop computers), and others.

Oh, and if you’re one of those people who already bought a copy and loved it, please help spread the word of this special promotion. Thanks so much and have a great weekend everybody.


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BIG NEWS! My novel “The Bridge” is #44 in Smashwords Bestselling Horror books (over 100K words).


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All right! Another 5 star review for “The Bridge” on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars
BUY THIS BOOK!, April 22, 2013
By Joe Hinojosa (Greenville, TX) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bridge: Something waits (Para-Earth Series) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
I admit that The Bridge was a bit of a surprise. I usually don’t go for fantasy or anything paranormal, but I will confess that I became intrigued when I read about it on the author’s blog. Took me longer than I would have liked, but I finally bought it.

The beginning for me was a little slow, but it quickly progressed and hooked me. What I found to be most enjoyable were the main characters themselves. They were not all one-dimensional. The author tried to make them complex, but didn’t complicate the story. He showed us what we needed to know as it related to the story.

As far as the plot, it moved rather briskly as the story unfolded. The premise is great and it leaves you wondering what’s happening. I could never get a handle about what was coming next and it made it difficult to put the book down.

The climax and resolution were unexpected, put satisfyingly so. The story was quite moving, including the struggles each character faced in the arch on their own particular journey and it was a joy to have been along for the ride.

All in all, I think this is a great book and I would recommend it to everyone to read. Buy this book!


My Press Release Kit…

For those of you (like me) who had never seen a press release kit, here’s the one I managed to put together.  I got some great advice from  a friend, Gwen Bodhan, who used to work for a newspaper.  She also edited the original Press Release I came up with.  I have no problem admitting her version was better.  So here’s what’s in mine.  I’ve included photos and am only leaving out only the actual book itself.  I send e-copies with my electronic Press Release Kit.  I send physical copies along with glossy photos when requested to.  I hope this helps some other writers out there who are getting their first book ready to be unleashed.

Oh, one more thing.  Research who would be interested in a press release about a novel and then query them before sending the packet.  They get tons of e-mails and there’s a chance they may not even be interested in your genre.  Don’t waste their time or your own.  A polite e-mail asking about sending a press release kit will go a lot farther.  Many reporters will delete e-mails with attachments that they have not been warned was coming.   A friendly e-mail handshake can really help you get further with them and start building a relationship.



Date: April 18, 2013

Contact: allan.krummenacker@gmail.com

Photos available upon request.


Parallel realities have been a staple of fiction for many years. In every case, the same rule applies: Some event in history is changed, thus creating an entirely new reality. A few examples of such tales are speculative works about President Kennedy surviving the assassination, Germany winning World War II, or Jimmy Stewart’s character in “It’s A Wonderful Life” getting to see what would have happened had he not been born. So how can a writer put a new spin on the old parallel reality concept? If you’re a brand new author named Allan Krummenacker, you go a bit further back in time – or rather, way back in time.

In his debut novel “The Bridge,” Krummenacker introduces readers to a whole new take on the parallel Earth idea by way of a unique paranormal mystery. A reluctant psychic finds himself summoned by the ghost of a teenage girl who vanished from an estate sixteen years ago. As the psychic and his girlfriend – a police officer – start investigating, they discover the specter was just the latest victim in a series of disappearances dating back 300 years. Before they’re finished, they learn that a threat lies hidden inside the old stone bridge located on the property. A terrifying otherworldly being is about to escape from the stony prison created by the early Paleo Indians.

“The Bridge was a fantastic story that completely sucked me in. The characters were great, with witty banter that had me cracking up. You will not be able to put this down!” Cristina Reiser, Goodreads.com

‘Exhilarating! The story kept me tense the whole way through,” Michael Drakich, author of “The Brotherhood of Piaxia.”


Allan Krummenacker lives in Marina, California with his wife Helen. He is currently
working on the sequel to “The Bridge,” scheduled for release this summer. For complete details, visitallankrummenacker.wix.com/allan-krummenacker.


Press Release 2

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Well, time for a little update.  Here are the results so far from my “Hobbit Birthday Party” last weekend. Total 40 free books were picked up. And so far 4 reviews have come back, which is great in my book. The fact that people went through it so fast and got back to me is terrific. I’m hoping with time, that as people get to read it and finish the book, they’ll leave reviews too.

Out of the 4 reviews I’ve gotten 3 were 5 Stars and the last one was a 3 star, but a very pleasant one mind you. They still encouraged people to check it out so I’m not going to complain.

This first review is from Amazon.com:

You’ll think twice about going in the water! April 5, 2013

Format:Kindle Edition
Exhilerating! The story kept me tense the whole way through. I normally don’t read horror as I prefer science fiction and fantasy but after receiving a copy of the novel it is my habit to always read all the way through and I’m glad I did. There is even a touch of sci-fi in the mix which pleased me. The story was creative and, at times, frightening, the good way a horror book should be. A number of sub-plots rounded out the novel but it is the main plot that is so riveting. I don’t want to post any spoilers except to say the concept of the evil hidden in the river is a nice change from coming from underground. For fans of the horror genre, this is a must read.

These reviews are from Smashwords:

Review by:  on April 06, 2013 : star star star

Good ideas, well paced and well plotted, with interesting and engaging characters.

But it needs a thorough editing; I felt like I was reading an unpublished draft. The common banter style made the characters tend to blur together, and really, could they not sometimes just get on with their bloody jobs instead of making with the constant sexual jokes & innuendos? And the author very badly needed to consult someone actually British for the voice of the supposedly British characters – these are teeth-gratingly bad at times. (What is Oye even supposed to mean? Oy? Oi? Aye? What kind of English are we even talking about? Seems to veer randomly cockney & posh.)

I got the book free in exchange for a review; I hope this isn’t so harsh as to be discouraging. There’s a lot of good in it; it just needs some balancing and tweaking.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: April 03, 2013 : star star star star star
As someone who got to proof read this, I must say I love it! Found a few surprises in it that were not there before! Can’t wait for the next one!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: March 31, 2013 : star star star star star
The Bridge is an excellent book, well written. A genre I don’t usually read but, I will look out for Allen’s next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who took part in my “Hobbit Birthday Party Weekend”.  Whether you picked up a copy of the book or helped promote it, thank you so much.  We all know getting the word out about a brand new book is more than half the battle for Indie Authors.  So this was a real shot in the arm.  I’m pleased to say that 39 people took advantage and snapped up a free copy through Smashwords over the last 3 days.  I felt somewhat vindicated for not going the KDP route, where I would have had to given them the exclusive e-book distribution and sales for up to 90 days.  I know Amazon is bigger and has a wider reach, but I never felt right about cutting off Nook, Apple and other e-reader customers.  So thanks for letting me know I did the right thing.


Now, I’ve never done a free e-book promotion before, so any of your more experienced authors please let me know if 39 was a good number or not.  I’m still learning as I go along this path.  As a result of the promotion I already got one 5 Star review that is now up on Smashwords.  I’m hoping for many more reviews, since it helps promote more sales or so I’ve read.


Today I’ll be working on my e-press release kit and then a physical one as well.  I also have to do research to find out who/where to send press releases to.  This is seeming to be the next big hurdle for me so if anyone has advice please leave it here, it would be greatly appreciated.


Finally, book number 2 “THE SHIP” is coming along nicely.  The first draft is about 1/3-1/2 done at this point.  I’ll be doing more drafts of course to clean things up and make sure the pacing is going well.  But even more importantly, to make sure I’m keeping the readers’ interest.  The new book has a similar fun feel to the first, but it’s also feeling quite different to me.  Mostly because I’m dealing with different leading characters, who were prominent in the first book.  But now the focus is on these two women developing their new romantic relationship as well as dealing with new and old enemies.  I’m trying to keep a balance between the nervous romance of two people getting to know each other more deeply, while also developing the secrets they haven’t shared.  It’s an interesting experience for me as a writer.  I know that in the end their relationship will have gone much further, but to make it happen gradually while not losing the fun ‘banter’ that a lot of people enjoyed in the first novel is quite a balancing act.  But, this is still the first draft.  Creating just the right balance is what 2nd and 3rd drafts (along with edits) are for.


Take care and have a great week everyone.



A “Hobbit” Birthday….

I’m considering throwing a ‘HOBBIT’ birthday for myself this coming weekend, by making all the e-book versions of my novel “THE BRIDGE” available to anybody who wants one. The only thing I would ask return are one of two things:

1-Leave a review if they could.


2-Spread the word about the book and the links for it throughout your networks after you’ve read it.

Any thoughts on this folks?

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From now until the end of February, I’m running an e-book special on my novel “The Bridge”. This new 2nd edition (I corrected as many of the grammatical errors as I could find) will be available for $1.99 until February 28th on Smashwords.com. You can get the Nook, Apple, Epub and Mobi editions for your e-reader here. Grab yours now, because the price will go back up to $3.99 on March 1st.


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VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL! From today through Saturday Feb. 16th, my novel “The Bridge” is available at Smashwords for (Sony, Apple, Nook, EPub, Mobi, PDF) for half off. $1.99. Get yours while you can. The price goes back to $3.99 on Sunday.



Final Version of the cover.

Final Version of the cover.

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