A Christmas Gift for YOU!

It’s Christmas time so I am giving books away.

Unconventional Beginnings-HighResAfter nearly a year, I have decided to provide Unconventional Beginnings to everyone. I have been giving it away to those who signed up for my newsletter, as a gift during several events, and often randomly. It is up on most retail sites permanently free. 

If you haven’t read it already, grab your free copy now. 

Blurb: 

He’s dead. But they can’t allow it to affect her. She’s too important.

Nine months into the pilot program for the top secret Joint All Female Special Operations School, Katlin Callahan–Malone’s husband is killed in action along with his entire SEAL team. The Pentagon brass wants to know how that happened, but the four highest ranking women in all the military services are more concerned about its influence on Katlin. She is pivotal to the success of their test project. Will the death of her husband change her mind about women being allowed in SpecOps?

Unconventional Beginnings sets the stage for the Black Swan series by giving you a glimpse into the lives of several main characters three years before Unrelenting Love, the first book in the series. Although Unconventional Beginnings is a cliffhanger, I have included the first three chapters of Unrelenting Love with this book.

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I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

merry Christmas

Plugged In

ipod listeningI am an audiophile to the Nth degree, literally owning hundreds of audiobooks.

In the morning, I listen to books while I walk from my bedroom to the kitchen to make my breakfast, then down to my office and wait for my computer to boot up. You’d be amazed at how much of the book you can listen to in that ten minutes.

Since we live twenty minutes outside of town, I shove in earbuds even before I don sunglasses and head to the garage. I can finish half a book while running errands. Until you’ve tried it, you have no idea what it’s like to listen to a hot, steamy sex scene while shopping at Walmart. You get the strangest looks when you burst out giggling in front of the meat coolers at the Kroger.

earbudsMy family thinks I’m crazy but I love to mow the lawn. It’s not because I like to drive the big honking zero turn radius mower, it’s because I have 3 ½ hours of uninterrupted listening. Yes, it takes that long to mow approximately 4 acres, even with the 52 inch cutting deck.

Macho Marine gets upset with me because I’m always plugged into a story. He’ll be calling me from somewhere else in the house and I won’t hear him. Oh, well. My book boyfriend is so much more romantic than he is. I guess that’s why romance novels are categorized as fiction.

Tell me your craziest listening experience in the comments below. Or tell me who you’re listening to. 

Last night I downloaded the new J. D. Robb novel Secrets in Death and Susan Stoker’s Protecting Dakota. I just finished Elle James’s Bride Protector and Delirious by M.S. Force.

Life and Books Collide

eclipse Diamond RingAs I watched the full eclipse on Monday, I remembered the importance of an eclipse in the first book I ever wrote.

ladyhawke-pic.jpgMy heroine took her code name from the original French version of a fifteenth century story which was made into a movie in 1985. Have you ever heard of Ladyhawke? It had a great cast including Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick. A full eclipse of the sun played a key role in the story, a.k.a. the black moment. Pun intended.

Unrelenting Love 150 dpiIn Unrelenting Love, Katlin Callahan takes the code name, Lady Hawk, not from the movie but from the original French version of the story which she was forced to read in high school.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the title for this blog.

Ladyhawke pic2To briefly explain the ancient story, Captain Navarre and Lady Isabeau had fallen in love, but the Bishop wanted her too. When the two lovers escaped, he placed a curse on them. From sunrise to sunset Navarre was a man and Isabeau was a hawk. From sunset to sunrise, she became a woman and he shifted into a wolf.

Sidebar – I guess we can thank the French for the original shifters.

Only during a full eclipse of the sun could Captain Navarre and Lady Isabeau face the Bishop together in their human form and break the curse. Then they could have their happily ever after.

Want to know more about the movie?

Click here to watch the movie trailer #1.

Click here for the movie trailer #2

Click here for more movie information.

To Buy Unrelenting Love, click here or on the cover above.

I want to thank my friend Janice Maynard (Click HERE to check out her books, especially her new Scots series) and her husband Charles for the wonderful picture of the eclipse taken a few miles from my home. This shot is called the diamond ring, taken just as the moon begins to reveal the sun once again.

Time for a Change

Cancun Series website sm bannerWhen I completed my first romance novel and was ready to start pitching to publishers, I knew I had to build a brand which included graphics that looked the same across all forms of social media. Since my first book was based in Columbia and my second in Mexico, I decided a global look would be appropriate. My initial website banner was a map of the world.

Black Swan website sm bannerThree years later, and ten more books, my brand needs a facelift.

I have started with my website. I looked at dozens of websites by some of the most successful authors in the industry before selecting the elements I wanted to include in mine.

I invite you to check out my website and tell me what you think. Please be honest. Is it easy to maneuver? Is it intuitive?

Guardian Elite Series website sm bannerThere are twenty pages on this website and nearly 100 links, so I’m positive I’ve missed at least one, probably several. The first person to find a messed up link, or one that doesn’t take you to the right place, will receive a prize! Be sure to post the page and the link in the comments below so I know what needs to be fixed – and who gets a prize. 🙂

Several may win because there’s one prize for each missed link. (Hoping this doesn’t get embarrassing!) 

CLICK HERE to check out my website

 

Big BANG for the 4th of July

flag-fireworkWishing all of you a happy – and safe – Fourth of July

Here in Tennessee, fireworks are legal. That’s why Macho Marine and I took a detour on our way home from the shooting range on Sunday to the fireworks store.

We’ve learned over the years… bigger is better. We went straight for the mortars and got a two-for-one deal. We have 48 “Big Ones” ready to launch after dark next Tuesday.

purple fountain fireworksIt just wouldn’t be the 4th of July without firecrackers, which happened to be on sale for two-for-one. We now have plenty! Our granddaughter loves the fountains so we picked up one with a lot of purple just for her. Guess what! We got them two-for-one, so we bought a fountain in orange and white for Favorite Daughter and Favorite Son-in-Law, both University of Tennessee graduates.

fourth-of-july-sparklers-f84d5ccd96ccc34fWe’re so excited that our whole family will be together starting this Friday for holiday. Of course we will cook out, eat way too much food, consume lots of adult beverages, throw hatchets, shoot guns, and paddle the river.

What are your plans for the Fourth of July?

Glimpse of Research

Joanna Palani

Joanna Palani Claims 100+ ISIS Kills

Authors are often asked where they get their ideas. In the case of Snow SEAL, the idea came from a news post I saw on the Internet. Whether it’s believable or not, it triggered my imagination.

Although I often write about the conflict in the Middle East, I was quickly made aware of the fact I knew little about Syria. I spent hours learning about the wars that have torn apart that country for hundreds of years.

YPG women

The British 60 Minutes did a special on these women

I also discovered the real women who fight that battle daily. Now, you all know how much I absolutely love kick ass heroines. These are women who fight every day with the weapons of war so they are not forced to abide by radical rules and fundamentalist interpretations. They truly fight for their freedom.

Cold weather training 1My research also took me into military winter training. SEALs train a lot! Part of that training includes learning survival skills in the snow and below freezing weather. Not only is the camouflage different, but weapons react differently.

Big Sky Mtns

The lifts go all the way to the top of the mountain. 

It’s been several years since I skied at Big Sky, Montana, but after thoroughly researching the area, I believe I would like to return someday. It is an absolutely gorgeous area of the United States.

Avalanche

Click on the picture for avalanche video and life-saving airbag

I grew up skiing; waterskiing during the summer on the lake, snow skiing all winter, and even cross country skiing, but I never went backcountry skiing. This created a minor problem, solved by more research. It also led to the study of avalanches. When I saw this video, I knew I had to include this technology in Snow SEAL.

 

Snow SEAL72dpiI hope I have given you a glimpse of my writing process.

I also hope I have teased you enough to want to read the first chapter of Snow seal. Click on the cover to read immediately.

Click HERE to BUY now!

Wrap Up May with 35 Military Authors

Join me and 35 other Military Authors as we

Wrap Up Military Appreciation Month (May) with a

Facebook Party  …..  TODAY!!!

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Click HERE to Join the Party! 

To accommodate our International readers, the party goes from

10 A.M. EDT Wednesday, May 31 until

11 A.M.  EDT Thursday, June 1st. 

Games!        Prizes!          Author Chats!

ATTENDING AUTHORS:
Aliyah Burke
Caitly O’Leary
Debra Parmley
Delilah Devlin
Desiree Holt
Donna Michaels
Gennita Low
Heather C. Leigh
J.M. Madden
Jean Joachim
Joni Hahn
KaLyn Cooper
KD Michaels
Kim Lowe
Kris Michaels
Lea Griffith
LeTeisha Newton
Lexi Post
Lindsay Cross
Lynne ST. James
Lynn Raye Harris
Mandy Harbin
Margaret Madigan
Marissa Dobson
Maryann Jordan
MJ Nightingale
Natasza Waters
Paige Tyler
Parker Kincade
Patti Fiala
Sharon Hamilton
Teresa Reasor
Tiffani Lynn
Trish Loye
Trish MCCallan
Wren Michaels
Zoe Dawson

 

 

 

Birthday Gifts All Week

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This is a gift for everyone:

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Unconventional Beginnings is the prequel to the Black Swan series. You will meet several of the characters seen throughout the entire series. Although it is a bit of a cliffhanger, I have also included the first several chapters of Unrelenting Love.

 

Click on the cover to Download Unconventional Beginnings FREE

 

 

Birthday Sale

 

 

I have put many of my books on sale until midnight Saturday, May 20. (Amazon only)

 

Click on the ad to go to  the KaLyn Cooper Author Page.

 

 

 

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Every day I’m running contests and giving away multiple gifts. 

 

Click on the Birthday Week picture to hop over to the KaLyn Cooper Facebook Page. 

 

Hurry…My Birthday Week celebration ends Saturday, May 20 at midnight!

 

Are We There Yet?

When I decided to make writing books my new career, I researched the industry at great lengths before deciding on romantic suspense. At that time, most authors who had seven books published were making enough money to quit their day job.

Not the case today.

Current books as of 23 MarchOn March 16th, I published book number ten, but I don’t feel like I have made it yet. It seems as though every year that magical number needed for success slides a little further away.

Several recent Facebook posts from authors have indicated their desire to quit and return to a paid position with benefits. After checking, most of those authors have published under five books. As with any career, being an author may not be the right career for them.

I believe it is the right career for me.

In a professional writing workshop, the instructor told us that successful authors have one thing in common…Perseverance. I can’t tell you how many times I have been told horror stories by highly successful authors who have stacks of rejection letters. Yet, they believed in their talent and the stories they had to tell. They persisted until the right match was made. The melding of author, story, editor, and publisher made them a success.

Another Facebook complaint I’ve seen made by authors has been the decrease in profits. Currently there are nearly 3.3 million fiction books available. Of those, 825,000 are in the romance genre. That’s a lot of competition especially when you add 20,000 new titles every month. Those numbers can be disenchanting and downright frightening. 

As many authors completed their taxes last week, I believe the reality of time, effort, and diminishing returns has made them question whether writing the next novel is a wise use of their time.

For me, the increase in sales over the previous year was incentive. My business plan for 2017 includes at least one more novella and two more full-length novels. I’ll be writing nonstop…forever.

If you’d like to see the cover reveals first, hear about my work in progress, and be notified when I have special sales and upcoming releases, please join my newsletter now. I have a secret surprise for all newsletter recipients in May.

Come Meet Me

RT bannerPlease consider joining me at RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta next month.

I’ll be helping host several events with HUNDREDS of giveaways!

It’s not too late to register!

https://www.rtconvention.com/

I’ll also be at RWA convention in July but I’ll tell you more about that later.

In November, I’ll be in West Virginia at Rebels & Readers.

Are you receiving my newsletter?

I promise not to spam you…but I will notify you of upcoming book signings, new book releases, and you’ll be the first to hear about special promotions. Plus a giveaway every month, exclusively for newsletter participants.

Coming next month is a gift only avaiable to newsletter recipients. Sign up HERE

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Rescuing Melina Wasn’t Easy

Writing in a Kindle World is never easy. It’s made even more complicated when the book is a crossover between two author series. In the case of Rescuing Melina, characters from my Guardian Elite series were combined with characters from Susan Stoker’s Delta Force Heroes series to rescue a character introduced in my Black Swan series.

Are you lost or confused yet?

Rescuing Rayne

In Rescuing Rayne you meet Mary who plays a role in Rescuing Melina. Click HERE to buy now.

Fortunately, I have enjoyed reading Susan Stoker’s books for the past few years and was familiar with her characters. I was so excited when Susan allowed me to deeply incorporate one of her future heroines in my story. If you have read any of Susan Stoker’s Delta Force Heroes, you should be familiar with Mary and Truck. These two lower-level characters have appeared in most of her books in that series, although they will not receive their own book for quite a while.

I wanted to bring all my readers up to date with the Ladies of Black Swan, as well as several men who work for Guardian Security, so I included those characters in at least one scene.

Did I mention this all had to be done in a novella which means 80 to 160 pages?

Because I prefer to write romantic suspense, that means there is an extensive action plot line, as well as romantic plot line, that has to be interwoven to reach a happily ever after by the end of the book.

I hope you’re getting the picture that writing a novella is complicated.

logo-ussocom-2As you may know, I do a great amount of research with each and every book. At one point, I looked up pictures of Fort Hood buildings just so I could accurately describe them. In the process, I discovered the hospital is almost brand-new. I was able to include that fact in the book. I spent nearly an hour searching online for small airports in and around Killeen, Texas. It was quite an education. It seems most of the ranches in the area have their own airstrip, not something this author born in upstate New York would never have considered. Just so I could accurately describe it, I looked up the symbol for the United States Special Operations Command.

I do all of this just to bring my readers the best story possible.

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