Book Cover Reveal: Sally

My historical suspense novel, Sally, is at the professional editing phase now (After 10 full self edits! LOL). I thought now was a good time to share the book cover.

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The Broken And The Foolish, An Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 4 of The Broken And The Foolish 

As the horses and I traveled across the state, I felt a strong desire to treat someone else the way I had been treated. I longed to inflict justice on a man who really deserved it. A bastard needed to pay his dues that day and I would be the one to collect.

Some of the worst men traveled in coaches, because they were rich enough to pay someone to cart them around. I rode around the next town to avoid running into more people and then slowed my horses at the sight of a stagecoach on the road ahead of me.

I followed it at a significant distance for the better part of an hour. To my annoyance, two riders emerged from the direction of the town and were riding toward me. I sighed loudly and willed for them to pass by me without any nonsense. Instead, the riders’ horses slowed to match the pace of mine. For someone who longed to be left alone, I sure seemed to attract people.

I met the faces of a black boy and girl. They appeared to be around my age.

The girl frowned at me after I stared at them for a little too long.

“Good day for a ride,” I said, forcing a smile.

“Where ya headed?” asked the boy.

I cleared my throat.

“What’s it to you?”

“We just be wonderin’,” said the girl.

They seemed far from predatory, but their eyes held a devious glint. It did not appear that they would be leaving me alone anytime soon. I slowed the horses to a brisk walk.

“Well, where are you headed then?” I asked.

“You’re not following that stage coach, are you?” asked the girl with a shrewd grin.

My jaw dropped open. They laughed.

“We were planning on robbing it,” said the boy, trying in vain to hide a grin.

“How about that! I’ve met two people as crazy as I am.”

“We’re not as crazy as you are,” said the girl. “Look at you, traveling all alone.”

“She’s right,” said the boy. “Ain’t no one rob a coach on his own unless you be Black Bart.”

“Who said that I was going to rob the coach?” I asked.

“Let’s stop beating around the bush when there’s money to be had,” said the girl.

I opened my mouth to protest, but the boy cut me off with another question.

“Are you a good shot?” he asked.

“My aim’s as decent as anyone’s. Mind if I join ya?”

The two strangers glanced at one another before studying me intently.

“You seem like a spoiled white girl running away from her parents, to be honest,” said the girl.

“Hardly someone who would rob a coach, right?” I asked, rolling my eyes.

“Well, she did say she’s a decent shot,” said the boy.

I eyed them.

“My parents are dead. I’m already a murderer and a horse thief. I may as well add stagecoach robbing to the list. I’m short on funds and I was planning to mug one of the male passengers once they got off the coach. I just don’t want to hurt nobody, especially not the innocent.”

“That so?” asked the girl, scrutinizing me.

I barely believed what I had done myself. My days of being a victim were long gone. I had become something else.

“If you don’t want to die young, you can’t be robbin’ people alone,” warned the boy.

“Spare me the lecture. Are you two with me or not?”

You can join us if you agree to our rules,” said the girl.

I nodded. They seemed to have more stealing experience than I did.

“Right. Fair enough.”

“It’s more than fair.”

I pulled the red bandana from around my neck and pulled it to just below my eyes. I tied the knot tight against my head.

“Maybe ya ain’t so stupid, after all,” said the girl.

Her eyes sparkled with mischief.

“Time will tell,” I said dryly.

They covered their faces with bandanas as well.

“Like Jesse James,” I said.

“Only better,” said the girl.

“Let’s plan this out right before we ride blindly for that thing,” I said. “We need to all know what we’re doing.”

“We already had a plan,” snapped the boy, glancing at the girl.

We put our heads together for a moment to make a strategy for the best way to execute the robbery. Then they kissed one another like there was no tomorrow before we rode for the coach.

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You can find out what happens next by ordering The Broken And The Foolish on Amazon. It is available in ebook format as well as paperback format!

Thank you all for reading!

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New Book Release: She & The Wolf

It is finally here! My newest book, She & The Wolf, is now available on Amazon.

She & The Wolf is a flash fiction collection that explores themes such as living a life contrary to one’s authentic self, death, depression, and fighting for one’s life. Each piece stands on its own and some are set in historical, fantastical, or more modern settings.

You can purchase my book in paperback and in ebook format!

To order the paperback book, click here

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Cover Reveal: She & The Wolf

She & The Wold is a collection of flash fiction pieces. Most of them were written during that crazy time in Banff, Alberta where I learned a lot about myself, and other people. The stories explore themes such as living a life contrary to one’s authentic self, death, depression, and fighting for one’s life. Let me know what you think! ❤

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Book Launch: The Pup And The Pianist

It is 1814 and war is still raging between France and England.

Thirteen-year-old Max is a powder monkey aboard the HMS Wind, a British warship. His captain is in pursuit of a phantom French frigate, and he will stop at nothing to find it. When they reach the other side of the world, the French are discovered and battle breaks out at sea. Merciless cannons tear both of the warships to shreds right before a storm hits. Left with the choice to either sink along with his burning ship, or make the impossible swim to The Galapagos islands, Max barely makes it to foreign lands alive. He soon discovers an enemy lying on the shore, but the French boy’s face is burned so badly that he can no longer see. Far away from their homes, the war, and their countrymen, Max and his new companion fight to survive in their new reality at the end of the world.

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The Pup And The Pianist is now available on Amazon Kindle and in print on Amazon! Grab your copy now!

– Sara Kjeldsen

Book Blog Tours

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It is time for me to invest in a book blog tour or two in order to get some more word out there about my ebooks. I’ve done some research on the best blog tours for your buck and so on and thought I’d share it with you in case you’re also interested in blog tours.

1.Blog Tours Are Pricey-ish

I’m an indie author still waiting to get my first cheque from Amazon, so the idea of paying someone $80 to $150 for a week’s worth of blog tours and reviews is steep.

On the other hand, sometimes an up front investment in marketing can be just the thing to boost book sales and move your ranking on Amazon to a better position. I get it.

I am not really a cheapskate, but the angsty artist chick inside of me bristled at the idea of paying so much for a service that claims to help indie writers. That said, it’s not a writer’s world and so it is what it is.

2. Most blog tours focus in YA and romance genres

My two most recent books are neither romance nor young adult, so it’s a little tougher to find a blog tour with a more alternative readership. The ones that specialize in multiple genres require more of an investment.

3. Many blog tours offer more than just blog tours

If you’re really strapped for cash, some blog tour providers offer book cover reveals and book blitzes for a fraction of the cost. I think it’s a smart idea for both parties. Some will even provide you with book reviewers if you can give them free copies to read.

I’ll likely invest in a book reveal blitz for my next publication. 🙂

4. Blog tours save you a lot of time

It does induce a sigh of relief at the idea of someone taking care of my book marketing for a week or two. Despite the surprisingly high cost (In my opinion), I can’t deny that I want the opportunity to be interviewed about my book, to have other readers who have never heard of my blog read an excerpt about my book, etc.

Writers want to write first and foremost. The idea of someone taking care of business is attractive.

5. Blog tour operators like Paypal

I don’t use Paypal for my own reasons. I had a blogger reply to me with an affordable book marketing option, and without asking, she said that once she received my payment through Paypal, that would be my consent for her to run my blog tour.

It was tough for me to decline, but I find it unprofessional to not offer direct email money transfer. If someone is willing to pay for a service, they should be given more than one option.

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That’s my take on the blog tour industry to date. I’ll keep on searching, and take my time. I’m not letting myself become jaded, and at the end of the day, I’ll probably have to splurge on the service that will give me the best results.

I’ll let you all know when my blog tour runs! 🙂

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Writers, what has your experience been with blog tours?  Do you have a blog tour service that you can recommend? Do you know of any blog tours that do not require Paypal payments? 

Cheers! 

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