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Let’s talk about reviews

So, I should be writing. I really should. On an actual book and not this blog. But something came to my mind and I had to share it here. Currently, I have the file for ‘Guarding Connor’ open on my laptop. This would be the 4th book in The Waystation Guardians series. Honestly, there could be another 4 or 5 books in the series. I love the world and characters enough to extend it out that far. It’s open, but I’m not working on it. Instead, I’m contemplating making this the last book in the series. Why? Why end a series after 4 books that could go so much farther? Why end a series that has characters and a world I enjoy working with? Because I can’t get reviews to save my soul. ‘Guarding Charon...
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Why, yes. My books are on KU!

Happy Saturday! Today, dice will roll in our house. Saturday is our weekly D&D game. My husband and I have played, either together or separately, since the game first came out in the 1970’s. Both of our children have played. No, it doesn’t promote demonic worship or anything like that. What it does is teach tactics, problem solving, and encourages us to think beyond what we see. It’s a weekly exercise in imagination. Something that an author desperately needs to hone on a regular basis. Anyway, I had someone on twitter (go follow @ConstantlyCrav1 on Twitter. They’re amazing people!) ask if any of their active followers had books on Kindle Unlimited. If you don’t know what KU is, the program’...
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Sunny days ahead!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Winter’s grasp has let go at last. The sun has come back, warming the ground. Melting the last icy patches of dirty snow. And Muse the Purrbot is thrilled! I spent a good amount of time cleaning. Not a ton, mind you. But the weather’s nice enough now that we want to use our grill. After the winter we had, a good cleaning was in order! Last weekend, I was at Emerald City Comic Con with my family. One day, I’d love to have table space in their Writer’s Block section! I’m working toward that, one sale at a time. For now, though, I’m diving back into one of my books. Tonight, I’ll either be working on ‘Guarding Connor’ (book 4 of the Waystation Guardians series) or ‘Eynha...
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New covers!

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I’m pleased to announce that the two Tiadar novels – Mark of the Successor and Consort of the Successor, now have new covers! The stories are the same, wonderful ones. It was time to update the covers, though. There wasn’t any real connection between the covers, and I think this pair is amazing! Be sure to head over to my series titles page and follow the links to get your copies! BB   Original link
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New beginnings

So, I took a deep breath today and made this into a website. I’m not technically challenged, but this took most of the afternoon. This site now lets you see all my books! Find out where I’ll be at! It’s more than a blog. And it’s time. Seven years ago this month, ‘Daughter of Hauk’ was released into the world. It’s been the best roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on. I never want to get off! Even with the lows, when sales were non existent for months at a time, I’ve hung on. There’s no way to change the past. All we can do is focus on the future. Don’t mourn missteps, regret missed opportunities, or beat yourself up for the email you know you shouldn’t have sent. Focus on the readers you’ll ...
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A Story of Scotland – Fairy Glen

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As many of you may know already, I went on an adventure this past August. I spent a week in Scotland. While I did do some normal touristy things, a good portion of the trip was going where I needed to go. For my entire life, I’ve always yearned to go home to Scotland. Where this came from, I didn’t know. The music, the history, the very land called to me as sure as the south calls to birds during the fall. I went in hopes of finding the one spot that my soul yearned to go back to. I found three. One of them was outside of the town of Rosemarkie, on Black Isle. This is just slightly north of Inverness, across the Moray Firth. It’s not a big touristy spot, but well worth going to. The name and...
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I Believe in Dr. Ford. This is why.

Hey. This isn’t going to be a nice post. It’s going to be raw. It’s possibly going to hurt you as much as it does me to write. But the time for silence has ended. What is said here, shared here, needs to be said and shared. I believe women and men when they say they’ve been assaulted. I understand exactly why they don’t come forward for 30 years. Because I have my own story to share about being assaulted and staying silent. If you don’t want to read any further, I understand. May you find solace in your own way. It started when I was 8. A neighbor boy (brother to my best friend at the time) had spent some time with other family and came back, saying he learned a new game. He wanted all of us...
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Think globally, not just locally

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m working on a new project while I plot out the next Waystation Guardians book in my head. I’m joining this century and importing all of our cds to our iTunes accounts. After that’s done, it’s purging the physical discs time. We’ve got around 400 cds, so this is not a quick project. LOL I’ve been processing everything I experienced on my trip to Scotland. When you go to a place that you’ve always wanted to go to….when you make connections to a land and culture that transcends lifetimes and imprints your soul….it takes time to really understand and articulate it all. One thing I’ve come back with is a new sense of the global society we’re all part of. It’s beyond ha...
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I’ve got a guest!

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Happy September everyone! I’m someone who adores the fall. Yes, I’m drinking pumpkin spice coffee already. LOL. Give me days with crisp air, leaves on the ground, and cozy sweaters! I bought myself a sweater while in Scotland that I plan to practically live in for the next six months. To celebrate the coming change, I have a guest today! Please welcome author and friend, Cyn Ley! Hi KateMarie! Thank you for the opportunity of visiting with you today! What genres do you write?  I write multi-genre—short stories mainly, but am venturing into longer works. Paranormal, horror, social satire, humor, scifi light, general fiction, and stuff that’s rather odd. I’m currently working on the second ins...
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And I’m home again

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Hey everyone! If you read my last post, you know I recently did something I can’t remember not wanting to do. I took a page from Bilbo Baggins and went on an adventure. Today, I came home again at last. The plane ride happened last Friday. I’ve technically been home for almost a week. But I was still processing everything I saw and heard and experienced. We’ve had sucky air quality around here, as it seems like half of the west coast is on fire. Today, though, the air has cleared to healthy levels. I was able to open the curtains and windows, inviting the outside in for the first time. And I started to clean the house. Keep in mind, the air has had so much smoke and ash in it that they were ...
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Finding peace in chaos

Hey everyone! Yes, I know it’s been a while since I posted here. As per normal, life happened. This was a good thing, though. I’ve touched on this before, how the last 2 -3 years of my life have been chaotic. Too many things to list, and most weren’t good. Death came to visit far more than anyone should have to deal with. There were other things, too, that drove me even deeper down the rabbit hole. I’d climb out some, start to feel normal again, and have something else come up. In mid June, my husband looked at me and told me I needed something to look forward to. Something that would be a boost to my soul. At his recommendation, the next day I booked airfare for a trip I’d wanted to take lo...
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Time to check your author privilege

Hey everyone! No, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. Life has been, well, life. One of the things I’ve found most interesting lately is the whole ‘cockygate’ situation. You know what it breaks down to? Someone who was so totally insecure about their own writing that they chose to not do the work necessary to reach the level they wanted and they decided to exert authority in a really bad way. Authors are not privileged in that we own fonts. We don’t own words that have been around for centuries. And we don’t own readers. Damn it all, PLAY NICE WITH YOUR FELLOW AUTHORS!!!! Stop leaving bad reviews because you think someone ‘slighted’ another author you know. Don’t plagiarize othe...
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Great guest blog Batman!

I had a great time visiting Leigh Podgorski’s blog today! Check it out and show her some love! http://www.violethillsproductions.com/2018/04/interview-scifi-fantasy-author-katemarie-collins-guarding-charon/Original link
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Yes, we can

I know, it’s been a while. Not just for my blog, but writing in general. Life has a way of doing that. On Friday night, the hubby and I headed to a baseball game. We’d planned to take our youngest, but he got sick. So, I offered the ticket to a friend of mine. She was super excited (and repaid us in bath bombs – thoroughly addicted to her stuff!), so off we went. I was feeling happy by the time we got to our seats (first row, too!). I’d been able to walk from the train to the stadium, then down to our seats, without stopping. A year ago, that wouldn’t have happened. Amazing how much difference 60lbs can make. Anyway, at some point my friend wanted to go get some food. Back up to the concours...
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Stop the obsession behavior!

I’m going to be rather blunt today. It’s a day for it. There’s more than 1 puzzle piece you have to look at to be a successful author. Here’s a short list. MarketingEbooksContentCoverBlurbPrint books You can’t obsess over just one part of that and put all your hopes and dreams on it. Telling yourself that, if you just get your book on the shelf at B&N, you’ll be found by readers is lying to yourself. Because you’re going to make more money off of ebook sales. And B&N won’t host you just because you want them to. I spend 6 hours in a B&N every month, trying to help them sell my books. I got lucky. My local store was open to bringing in my books, even though they’re POD. Most stores won’t touc...
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Celebrating a milestone

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Ten years ago, I wasn’t writing. I still listened to the voice in my head that said I would never do anything close to good enough for a publisher, so it wasn’t worth trying. And so my muse stayed quiet, locked in her cage. We’d been playing in a Dungeons and Dragons game for over 2 years. With no warning, the entire party was either killed or imprisoned. Saving rolls weren’t allowed, escape impossible. Characters that had been part of our lives once a week for over 130 weeks were suddenly no more. It hurt. For all of us in the group, it was a shock. We mourned not just the game closing but not spending our Saturdays together any more. My husband, who did a smaller scale campaign, invited ev...
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Let’s talk business


Happy New Year! Took last week off for the holiday, head back to work tomorrow, but I’m more relaxed now. Update for those of you who read my books! ‘Guarding Amber’ is done with editing! I hope to have it up for sale before mid-January. It’s my 20th title, which amazes me. I want to talk about the business side of things. Most new authors sign a contract and don’t understand what it says. They only think that they’re with a traditional publisher and not a vanity press, so all should be good. This is a business. Publishers invest money in your book, pay up front costs like making a cover, having it edited, and sending it past a proofreader. As such, they want your book to be successful becau...
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Let’s get real, shall we?


I’m a bit off kilter today. Some of it may be related to seeing ‘The Last Jedi’ last night. No spoilers from me, I loved it. Even if I’m still feeling a bit of shock from the ending. To be honest, that’s a sign of excellence. The team – actors, writers, producers, director, all of them – elicited a huge emotional response from me. The author side of me is in awe, and appreciative of what kind of work that took. I want to get real, though, about the current state of publishing. This is 2017, almost 2018. It is not 1983. We no longer have to wait a year between hard cover and paper back releases. We don’t live our lives at a leisurely pace. It’s go-go-go, do what you need done, move on. Author...
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Inspiration isn’t enough


Hey everyone! It’s gearing up to be a super busy weekend. 6 days until we see the new ‘Star Wars’ movie! Yeah, that’s my fandom of choice. We can discuss that another time, though. Everyone talks about being creative, finding inspiration from the things around them. You can read countless stories on social media about how a writer looked at a situation, did a mental, ‘what if’, and turned it into a story. The thing is, inspiration isn’t enough to make it as an author. You need the self discipline and determination to sit yourself down and finish the story. You need the critical eye and willingness to realize that the first draft is just that – a draft – and changes need to be made. Some will...
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Stop the excuses!


Hey everyone! Really glad right now that there’s no video involved with this blog. LOL. Just got finished with some time on my bike, and I’m a hot, sweaty mess. LOL. While I was pedaling, I reminded myself that I don’t like to live my life by excuses. Not with my weight any more. In the last six months since my surgery, I’ve learned to embrace the need for exercise each day. Even adjusted my sleep schedule to fit a 15 minute bike ride in every morning before I get working. Why? Because I have to do the work if I want to get to a healthy weight. It didn’t come on overnight, and it’s not going away that way, either. The same ideal can be applied to promoting and writing books. I can list dozen...
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