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What a tense time. Will it sell? Will people review it? I know the book is good,  but making a splash when there are so many forms of entertainment out there isn’t easy.

This is the part where the audience keeps the writer in suspense. But don’t worry, I’m good at waiting: in fact, I’ll start right now.

On sale now at:

Nook:

     

Amazon: 

      AmazonUK:

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      AmazonAU:

     Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/938589

Signed trade paperback copies are available upon request. Simply leave a comment in the section below, or e-mail me at: 

helenkrummenacker@gmail.com


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So, one of the first things I often hear from people when they hear I have a book coming out is, “Who’s your publisher?”

There’s long been a stigma to self-publishing, and until recently, it was deserved. A writer had to buy a few thousand copies to get it printed at reasonable rates and generally did so as a pet project. Anyone who wanted to reach a wide audience and to possibly make money had to find a publisher who thought their work was high enough quality to invest in. It would go through rounds of editing before ever going to the shops. A real publisher meant the writer had talent. Self-publishing just meant they had money.

But.

That was then. This is now. Everyone knows there have been radical changes in how books are sold.There are many formats besides paper. Bookstore chains have collapsed or moved to online only. Publishing houses rise and fall, to the point where there are few one has heard of. But more has happened behind the scenes. Publishers tend not to invest in writers who aren’t celebrities. Instead, even authors who have turned a modest profit on multiple books are asked to shoulder the burden of “typesetting fees”. The manuscript is rarely put through an editing process. What most publishers look for is one thing: marketability. They are looking for a trendy subject, a sexy concept, and work that fits neatly into a hot genre or niche market.

Allan and I worked together on his first project to create something ended up combining thriller, paranormal investigation, police procedural,science fiction, horror, and strongly featured a lesbian couple. It didn’t fit neatly into a genre and as Allan researched the market and the experience of other writers, he realized how much things had changed.

With print on demand technology, works can be published with little more investment than the blood, sweat, and tears of the writer. Not relying on a publisher who doesn’t want to pay an editor to proofread the material, error checking is done by volunteers, and by several read-throughs by the author who is deeply committed to putting out a quality product. A publisher wants to sell a book and if the reader is dissatisfied, it means little. You’ll buy another author next time. The writer, on the other hand, has to deliver great work if they want readers to love their book and look for more by them.

In short, I don’t believe publishers care as much about quality as marketing at this point. And while anyone can self-publish a book these days, it’s not a warning sign that it was unpublishable by other means, because print-on-demand is great for giving an author more control, a greater profit share, and a way to reach a large audience, hence it is the first choice rather than last resort. Allan and I have chosen this route and advise others to do the same.

Interestingly, the publishing houses track print-on-demand sales. If an author makes themselves into hot property, then they may be offered a favorable contract that will help them get into more brick-and-mortar stores. Ultimately– the fate of writers is in the hands of the readers. Thank you for thinking of me!

-by Helen Krummenacker


Welcome to the first solo novel of Helen Krummenacker, co-author of the Para-Earth Series.

Adventure, humor, film noir, and dark urban fantasy blend in a unique vision that will appeal to fans of Harry Dresden or Marvel’s horror comics.

Enter the world of The Forever Detective Series…

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Raphael Jones’ love of adventure took him into police work, military service, and finally a career as a private eye. But when his first couple of cases combine to drop him into deep trouble, can his sense of adventures survive? For that matter, can he? A practical man with a kind heart, he never expected to encounter supernatural evil threatening the people he cares about.

“I was reading along enjoying the Raymond Chandler vibe and suddenly WHAM! Night Stalker!” – author Danarra Ban

Available June 1st, 2019 for e-books (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, PDF, etc.) and trade paperback!

Reserve your e-book now at:

Nook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forevers-too-long-helen-krummenacker/1131555250?ean=2940163217083

Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RSGKTDF

AmazonUK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RSGKTDF

AmazonCA:

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07RSGKTDF

AmazonAU:

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07RSGKTDF

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/938589


We’re going to continue our discussion about adventures with computers.

When last I posted, I had just finished telling you all about the events involving the death of my little blue laptop and our desktop, and how we had just gotten around replacing them with refurbished computers.  In both cases, neither the new laptop nor the desktop had MS Office which meant no word processing program, excel, etc.  And since we were still on a budget purchasing would be more than a minor inconvenience at this point.  So what to do?

Well, Helen had told me about WPS Office, a system that she had downloaded onto her laptop a year ago which is fully compatible with MS Office while costing $0.00 to download.  There is one caveat however, every time you open a file in WPS Office you have to put up with a 5 second ad before proceeding.  Right off the bat I was like, “I can handle a 5 second ad, and if that’s all sign me up.”  But then a second thought occurred to me.   How how well would the files from that system would work for submitting finished books and stories to Createspace and Smashwords.

Both of those publishing systems have strict and specific submission guidelines, for those who haven’t used either yet.  In the case of Createspace, they insist on submissions being in PDF so right there I had a major concern.  However, my worries were quickly relieved when I saw that as part of their Word Processing program, there is an option to save your work as a PDF.  This was a big relief.  Furthermore, you can also save your documents as Word .doc or .docx.  Word .doc is the big requirement for Smashwords, so again a big plus.  And of course the price was right, so I went ahead and downloaded the system.

Navigating WPS Word is very easy.  The layout is very similar to the MS Word program most of us are already familiar with.

Your cut/paste, fonts, sizing, and other favorites are all there at the top just as usual.  The exact order they appear may not be identical but a minimum of patience is all that I found to be needed.   You’ll also find your little symbol buttons for save, print, go back, go forward, available as well.  Of course, to save your file in a specific format you’ll need to click on the W Writer box and select Save As… which will give you a number of options including Export to PDF, MS Word .doc, MS Word .dot, and MS Word .docx.  Which basically covers your submission needs for both Createspace and Smashwords, as I explained earlier.

The system is nearly identical to MS Office in all the respects for my needs.  Someone else may have encountered issues I’m not aware of, if you have and are reading this please share those concerns with the rest of us down in the comments section.  The reason I put this blog together to share personal knowledge and experiences in my writing journey, not just mine but yours as well my friends.  So please don’t hesitate to share yours or even some concerns you may have.  If I don’t know the answer, chances are another reader might have it.

Now as for the other programs offered under WPS Office, I haven’t worked with many of them yet but Helen has with great success.  From what she’s told me the spreadsheet and Powerpoint are on par with MS 365 Office.  If you choose to go for the WPS Office remember you can download the free version which also comes with 1 GB of Cloud space, or you can upgrade to Premium (which removes ads) has advanced features, including document collaboration.  There is also a Professional Version and a Student Version.  I don’t know too much about those last two versions so I cannot say much about them.  As I said earlier I myself stuck to the free download which is serving me just fine as I already share collaboration documents through Google Docs, and of course have Cloud storage space there.  So if you find yourself in a situation like mine, hopefully this is a viable alternative for you.  I still love MS Office, but until I get some other things taken care of like dental work, I have to watch my pennies for a while

Regardless of what Office system you use, remember to back-up your files.  I do so on Google Docs, Cloud, and on Flash Drives.  You never can have too much back-up for your work!  All of these saved hours and months of writing projects when my laptop and desktop died, I didn’t lose a single sentence, word or period.

I want to finish by saying I haven’t actually submitted anything to Createspace or Smashwords since starting with the WPS Office system, but trial runs where I submit a file to get a preview on Createspace has met with the same success I’ve experienced using MS Office.  Once our latest project “The Vampyre Blogs – One Day At A Time” is submitted, I’ll let you all know how things went.

Until then, use whatever you feel comfortable with as far as “Office” systems go.  If you’re on a budget like me, I think you will be rather pleased with trying WPS Office.  You can find it by simply Googling WPS Office.

That’s all I have for now.  Until next time, take care and keep writing.


5.0 out of 5 stars 

“Favorite read this summer”

BySimoneon August 16, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Favorite read this summer! Filled with murder mysteries and British wittiness that kept me laughing all throughout the adventure. Haven’t found a book with good dialogue and a sense of humor for a while.

Overall, I’m pleased with the mix of romance + adventure + mystique put together in ‘The Bridge’.

Happy to see that there are writers who still put so much time and effort in to character development and story.

Want to see more? Just click on the link below to read more reviews about “The Bridge” and the other books in our Para-Earth Series:

Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

AmazonUK: 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1503776721&sr=8-1

Amazon Canada:

https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Allan+Krummenacker&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Allan+Krummenacker&sort=relevancerank

Barnes and Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/allan+krummenacker?_requestid=629331

Smashwords (for Nook, Sony, Apple, PDF, Kobo, and other formats):

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383


For those of you who didn’t know, I run another blog called “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” which just passed the 10,000 view mark! 

Here’s the link for anyone who’d like to check it out:  http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/

I started this blog with the sole purpose of introducing the idea of a science-fiction vampyre who was truly similiar to the traditional vampires of lore. Nathan tries to avoid sunlight (although he can step out on cloudy and rainy days, and can actually walk in the light but only if he’s loaded up on blood in advance since sunlight can dry him out to the point of becoming dust). He sleeps in the ground (because certain nutrients his body needs can only be absorbed from there). And he can shape-shift becoming a horde of rats, bats, dogs, mist, grow wings… but is restricted to how big he can do these things. He cannot make more than what there is of his physical being (law of mass). And of course, he is extremely long-lived.

The blog has been chronicling short stories about his long life and some of the people he has met over the last 150 years such as Mae West

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Silent film stars like Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Buster Keaton

Ballroom dancer turned heart-throb Rudolph Valentino

And many others he worked with in Vaudeville before they became movie stars, along with others whose lives he’s touched such as victims of the Nazi Holocaust and simple everyday people. There are also entries from the supporting cast who allow you to see Nathan through their eyes. Their stories show many sides to him and why he has come to be a guardian angel who has watched over not only them but in some cases their parents, grandparents.

To date there are over 41 short and somewhat longer stories on the blog, with many more to come. I plan on bundling some of the stories next Christmas as an anthology, since there are so many entries on the blog for people to wade through these days.




In the meantime, please share the blog link with everyone you know and then help them to check out Nathan’s first full-length novel story “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” where he comes back to his hometown Pointer, West Virginia. He has come back many times but this time its to stay to save the manor he called home from the wrecking ball, as well as the 1000 acres of pristine land which would fall prey to ruthless lumber companies and coal mining corporations.

Its a lonely homecoming, as far as he knows, but someone has been waiting for him to come back. Someone who saw him leave to fight in the Civil War back in 1862 and a year later died in his arms shortly after his transformation which occurred in a Para-Earth where he encountered two strange lifeforms. One which kept him alive, while the other wanted him destroyed… and still does. In fact, the latter has found its way into this reality and is now closing in on Pointer to finish him off once and for all for he’s the only force that can keep it from absorbing all the dead in this world, even if it has to make more people dead to complete the job.

You can find the novel both in e-book and trade paperback form at Amazon, Barnes and Noble:

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For Apple and Kobo readers use Smashwords:

Thanks again and stay tuned for more short stories to be posted soon, including some new holiday tales involving Nathan and his extended family. Until then, keep reading and writing my friends.


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Is there a lover of the paranormal or science fiction in your life? Well then here’s a deal you won’t want to pass up.
 
Starting from now and ending at midnight November 30th, all three books in the Para-Earth Series are just $1.49 each. (1/2 off the regular price). That’s right, you can get all three books for yourself, or for someone’s stocking, for less than $5.00!
 
The Para-Earth Series has something for everyone:
 
Ghosts, psychics, vampyres, parallel realities, mystery, love, action, suspense… in short the works!
 
2000-01-31-08-52-31Each book has been given 4 and 5 star ratings, and the series is still growing. Every story stands on its own, but is also part of a growing story arc.
 
-It all begins with “The Bridge” where a strange stone bridge built in the 1700’s is haunted by the mysterious White Lady, who does not guard but seeks help in uncovering a terrifying secret within the structure.
 
-The adventures continue with “The Ship” where Cassandra Elliott and Julie Cloudfoot, having just survived the terrifying encounter at the bridge, now find themselves facing a living ghost ship which has designs on making the psychically endowed Cassandra its new navigator.
 
“The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” introduces a whole new set of characters including Nathan Steward, the last surviving soldier of the Civil War who’s extended lifespan comes from his terrifying encounter in a Para-Earth where he encountered life forms that defied description. Only now one of those beings has finally found its way into this world, and he is the only force that can stop it.  But he must act fast for the thing seeks not only to end his life but those of the families he was watched over for the last 150 years, along with the entire world.
 
Like Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, all the stories take place in the same universe. And with time many of the different characters will meet and have adventures together. Two new books are scheduled to be added to the series next year, so dive in now because the adventures are just beginning.
 
Plus, if you order through Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you can not only gift them to someone, but you can also schedule what day you want the book(s) to arrive, like maybe Christmas or during Hannukah? Or maybe someone has a birthday coming up, take care of your shopping now and know they’ll receive it on the right day.
 
Just click on the appropriate link below and take advantage of this offer that promises hours of reading pleasure and wonder for all:
 
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Only 6 more days until Nathan and company arrive, just in time for Halloween!

It’s been a long time in the making, but “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” is arriving in just 7 more days.  But you don’t have to wait to order your copy now.  In fact you can pre-order the book and get 25% off the regular asking price.  That’s right, you can order an e-copy for just $2.99 (after  October 28th, the price will be $3.99).

Furthermore, the book will be available in all e-reader formats such as Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple, PDF, Kobo and others.

Signed trade paperback copies will also be available for $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States.  Overseas mailing will cost slightly more.  For anyone interested in getting a signed copy, please e-mail us at: http://allankrummenacker.wixsite.com/allan-krummenacker/contact

Here’s a sneak peak inside the novel:

I skipped my last class and headed straight over to Nathan’s place.  I knew he wasn’t going to be up yet, but I wanted to be there when he woke.  Plus I wanted to see how his ‘guest’ was getting on.

I let myself in through the front door and started to head upstairs when I heard noises coming from down in the cellar.  My first thought was, ‘He’s up already!  Good, now he can tell me what the hell happened.’  So I made a beeline for the door in the kitchen that I’d seen him disappear through this morning.

As soon as I opened it the sounds were much louder. Someone was moving down there, but something wasn’t right. It didn’t sound like him moving around.  Immediately, I had a bad feeling and my first impulse was to leave and get help.  But then I remembered Nathan was down there, and he would be vulnerable at this time of day.

My protective instincts must’ve kicked in, because I raced down the stairs and spotted my godfather lying on a table in the center of the room.  Standing over him was the guy from last night armed with a stake and hammer.

He had his back to me, so I took advantage of the situation and jumped him.

As expected, I took him by surprise and the stake wound up hitting the light hanging over the table.  Out of the corner of my eye I could see our shadows as he tried to fight me off.  A part of me kind of wished someone had been filming them, it looked pretty cool-not that I was enjoying myself at the time.

For a guy who’d nearly died the night before, he was pretty lively and strong.  He wound up slamming me against the wall by launching himself backwards.  I always wondered how characters in movies manage to stay on someone when that happened, and now I know.  It’s called an adrenaline rush with good reason.  This clown was trying to kill someone dear to me, and I wasn’t about to give up.

Unfortunately, he was bigger and outweighed me by a lot.  After I hung on when he slammed me against the wall, he tried a new tactic.  He fell backwards on purpose and landed right on top of me, hard!  I think I must’ve blacked out, because the next thing I knew he had me tied to a chair and was staring straight into my eyes.

“I’m sorry, kid.  I didn’t want to hurt you, but you’re obviously under his control,” he tells me.  “But don’t worry, I’m gonna dust this blood-sucker and you’ll be all right.  We both will.  Now just sit tight and let me do what’s gotta be done, okay?”

I couldn’t believe it.  Mr. Break-In was trying to be a hero.  It was almost funny in a way.  But I still couldn’t let him kill Nathan.  “No, you don’t understand.  He’s not a monster!” I tell him.  “He’s a good man.  I don’t know what happened between you two last night, but he didn’t kill you.  He spared you and did everything he could to keep you alive!”

As soon as the words leave my lips, I realize all of this is true.  Nathan could’ve ignored me when I begged him to stop.  Instead he told me to get the blood I’d brought and started giving the guy a couple of transfusions.  How could I…

“That’s what he’s been telling you, kid,” the guy yells.  “He’s inside your head, just like he’s been in mine.  I can still feel him, but I’m able to fight back.  And once he’s dead, you’ll understand.  You’ll be normal again.”

Before I can say anything else he whirls around and rams the stake right into Nathan’s chest.

My godfather doesn’t cry out.  Nor does he gasp, or open his eyes, the way vampyres supposedly do in movies or books.  But all those writers did get one thing right; he starts to crack and crumble right before my eyes.

For an instant I can’t speak.  Time has slowed down as I see the cracking spread all over his skin.  Soon his chest caves in on itself, with the sound of ancient paper crackling and breaking.    Then his hands start to implode and turn into fine particles.  Within moments there’s nothing left except his clothes and dust.

I can’t remember exactly what happened next but I think I screamed and tried going after the guy with the stake.  I kept trying to undo the ropes around my wrists and ankles, while cursing my head off at him.

The jerk just stares at me in complete shock and keeps trying to tell me that we’re both free.

But I don’t listen.  Instead, I just lose it.  Finally, he gives up and shouts something about sending the cops and a straightjacket for me and takes off.   My mouth is still running with every curse word it knows, while tears are streaming down my face.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I was crying.  I’d just lost someone as dear as my parents and little brother.

I cried and screamed myself hoarse for God knows how long before I finally got control of myself.  When I did, my only thought was getting out of there.  I was sure Dad or Dr. Jack would be coming by sooner or later, but I couldn’t wait that long.

Once again I went after the ropes, but Ass-Hat knew his stuff; they weren’t loosening at all.  As I struggled I noticed the chair was a bit wobbly.  It occurred to me that if the chair broke, I might find it easier to free myself.  So I tried rocking and shifting, hoping something would break.  Eventually, something did – namely the two legs on the left side.

From my point of view, all I saw was the world tilting sideways slowly, then rapidly.  I braced myself for a hard landing but instead I hit soft dirt, much to my relief. Then I noticed I was still going down.  My shoulder was sinking into the dirt as if it were quicksand.  Panic took hold as I struggled desperately to free myself from the chair, but only the two legs had broken.  My hands and body were still firmly tied to it.  I was going to sink into the floor, and there was nothing I could do.

The soil was just starting to touch my cheek when a hand grabbed my shoulder… from inside the ground!    

-end of preview-

We hope that wets all your appetites.  You can get a different peak inside the novel at the following links:

Kindle Users: 

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We hope you enjoy what you’ve seen here and ask that you please not only grab your own copy, but spread the word as well.  Helen and I thank you all for your support and wish you a very Happy Halloween season.  Enjoy!


****MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE****

Both my books “The Bridge” and “The Ship” are 1/2 off from now until January 2nd, 2015. So take advantage and grab some 5-star tales for you new Kindle, Nook, I-Pad, I-Book etc.

Each novel is only a $1.49 instead of the usual $2.99. So you can get both books for the price of one. Enjoy and spread the word to everyone you know. Book 3 will be coming out in mid-2015, followed by my first vampyre novel in late October.

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker

Apple and other readers (including PDF for just a regular laptop/desktop computer): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

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You read correctly. You have only hours left to get one or both of my 5-STAR paranormal/mystery e-books “The Bridge” and “The Ship” for $.99 Cents each. That’s 2/3’s off the regular price folks. Tomorrow, both books will be going back to their regular price of $2.99.

So take advantage of me… I mean… this sale to give yourself or someone you know who’ll be getting a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone, Ipad, laptop or a new desktop, something they can enjoy right away. Ghosts (which is appropriate at Christmas), psychics, mystery, love, and heart-pounding excitement await await you all in these two novels.

And if you’ve already gotten copies for yourself, thanks so much for your support. I only ask you please help spread the word to family, friends and everyone you know so they can take advantage of this sale.

We’ve got all the e-book formats, just click on the links below to get the one that will fit you or that special someone who’s going to be receiving that e-reader so they have something exciting to read as soon as they open their gift.

*NOTE: You can read samples both books for free as well as buy copies at the following links:

KINDLE: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker

AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/…/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker

NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?Query=Allan+Krummenacker

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