Saturday, August 15, 2015

When Readers Talk Back

From time to time, someone will leave a review stating what they didn't like about my books.  Hey, it happens.  No one is going to like the same thing all the time.  And even when I get a review that is less than stellar, I'm still honored that someone has taken time to leave their opinion, as that is just what it is.


Recently, I got a review saying there were typos in one on my books, which happens.  Unfortunately not every proof reader will catch everything.  Even James Patterson will have a typo or two.  What I found hilarious is that when this person left her comment on my book - she had a typo in her review.


The last sentence in her review read like this: I will not be reading the remainder, nor will I bother will the follow-up. 


Hmmm - is it just me or shouldn't that read - 'nor will I bother WITH the follow-up?


Comments like this make my day.  Not just because they help me get better, but because it's humbling.  Those that choose the author path and actually write often get harsh critique from those that really want to - but don't follow their dream. The phrase arm-chair quarterback comes to mind.    It reminds me to always be understanding and never criticize others, as we don't always know the full story.


For example -  the version she was talking about did have quite a few errors, as my computer crashed and the wrong version was uploaded.  Since, I changed computers midstream it left me with a formatting nightmare.  Even after an editor had finalized through the original, the new version on the new computer had a ton of random characters kept popping up within the manuscript.  We didn't catch it all obviously, so I was happy to receive this review so I could fix the last few issues.


All day I've chuckled over her review though ... if you're going to review something that talks about typos -- make sure your words are not misspelled or phrased incorrectly.


SECONDLY - I got an amazing review today - which happened to be on the same book.  From time to time, I'll receive feedback that Christians have issues about my talking about sex.  


(WARNING! Side note and soap box coming up) Well,  I believe Christians are sinners and we're saved by God's grace.  We're NOT going to be white as the driven snow, and if you think Christians should be you're kidding yourself.  HOWEVER, I believe by accepting Jesus - that God gives us the strength and desire to be more like Him when when we're searching for His influence in our lives.  We're not all going to be there out of the gate and even when we do finally reach that point -  we're going to fall and stumble.  Why?  Because we sin.  It's human nature.  Even if we don't want to - we're going to mess up.


SO, I write about characters that struggle with real life issues.  My characters, to date, have never done the deed.  In fact they've chosen the right path with abstaining from their desire for the right reasons.  THIS IS A GOOD MESSAGE!  If anything, I'm the anti-50 shades of grey, but there are some that see if differently.  And that's okay.  They have a right to their opinions, just as those who misspell their reviews do can't get past a couple typos (which are fixed now by the way).


However, TODAY I got another review that not only stated her love of my books, but it started with a line of defense speaking to those who have commented on such things in the past.




To whomever you are ... thank you for talking back and bringing me an exciting afternoon!




Friday, August 07, 2015

Humbling to Say the Least ...

 Today, I released Saving Grace.  I didn't expect a lot as I didn't do a ton to spread the word on this book compared to previous novels that I've released.  However, today it's slowly climbed in the best sellers list to reach #18 in the top #25 in the Best Sellers in Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance category.

I am super humbled to see how many of you have downloaded the Kindle version of this book.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Saving Grace - Coming Soon!



In just a few weeks, I'll release one of my favorite books to date. When I started writing, I didn't set out to write a series.  I started with just one book, Finding Kylie, a contemporary romance and family saga about two women and their journey through past and present to learn about love and becoming survivors.  I left the ending somewhat open, while still having closure for the main character.

I could have left it alone after Finding Kylie, but the story was so endearing to readers - that I got email after email asking 'what happens next?'.  Hence, the sequel, Facing Redemption was born, but it didn't happen overnight.  To tell the other side of the story, I had to put myself into some shoes that weren't savory and to do that it meant I had to learn to fully forgive.  You see ... these two books are very personal to me for very real reasons.  Read the forward of Facing Redemption and you'll know why.

Once I was ready to move forward in my personal journey - I wrote with heart the way I felt God led me to do.  In this book, a supporting character ... a best friend, was fleshed out and given enough back story that her story was begging to be told.  And so Coming Home was born.

Initially, Coming Home was about two sisters and their journey back to one another.  However, when done the book was over 562 pages!  It was way way too long.  So I split it into two stories to give each sassy sister their own story.  This sister book, and my fourth novel, is now ready to release in Saving Grace.

I wanted to publish the review for the inside cover here to give you a glimpse of what is to come.  So here you are, courtesy of a very talented writer, Terri. 


"Kimberly McKay has truly come into her own as an author with Saving Grace. This book holds just the right balance of suspense and romance, along with a bit of humor and a sprinkling of Kim's unshakable faith in God. The characters are a beautiful blend of human frailty and strength, and I love the way the story emphasizes that no matter who we are, no matter our position or circumstances in this world, the one thing we all want in this life is stability and love."

                       -   Terri Meis, blogger



                 


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Finding Kylie is Finally Taking a Leap!


We're almost 1/2 way there to our goal!  I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone, who has supported this kickstarter to date.  In two days, we're half way along.  Granted the goal is very minimal, but in seeing how many of you have stepped forward to help - I'm humbled and blessed.  Please share this post with as many people as you can, to spread the word.

Click this link - which will take you directly to our kickstarter, where you can read about the project details and back the project..  Please consider giving us a five or two.  Thanks again from John and myself.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The script for FINDING KYLIE - and the next step

For those of you who love my books, and are looking

forward to the hard read, for Finding Kylie,

becoming a reality - I've launched a kickstarter 

campaign. 


All John Schwab, my writing partner, and I need are

a handful of friends to support us with a few ones or

fives. In his words, "We just need a few pals to 

support as if buying us couple drinks ... that's not 

much."


We don't need much, but it will take a bunch of you 

to donate a little - and every bit means the world to 

us as we've worked so very hard to make this hard 

read a reality.


Just click the link below to read about our project.  

We only need 2K and have until September to raise it 

- but need everyone's help to make it happen.  We've 

got a few prizes tied to certain donation levels.  


Check it out and please consider donating to a very 

worthy cause.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/findingkylie/finding-kylie-hard-read-fund

Monday, June 29, 2015

iFly is In'freakin-credible

Throughout my life and travels, I've had some really neat things that I've been able to participate in or accomplish.  Not to list them out or name any names, as this is not a brag-book - but to say that I had the most fun in my entire life this weekend is truly special.


Since we've not had a summer vacation for our family in a while, we planned a quick four day get-a-way this past weekend.  We wanted somewhere close but far enough away from Oklahoma City, that we felt like we were going 'somewhere'.  We'd already done Dallas, Ft. Worth, Kansas City, Branson, but weren't ready to go as far as Missouri, Arkansas, or Tennessee.  So we figured Texas, as large as it is, would have a fun suburb that could hold some potential fun for our family - hence .... Frisco, Texas, where we found iFly.

iFly has been around for a while, but is just now making it's way to Oklahoma City.  Since we knew of it's pending arrival, we thought it would be fun to try it out for a little 'pre-flight' check.


Once we went through our training, with our trainer, Dominic, he walked us through the basics and gave us our flight suits, ear plugs, goggles, and helmets.


My only reservation was that my son may have issues with the air pressure, as he has had some severe allergies, which sometimes includes allergy induced asthma.




Dominic not only addressed it, but he took extra special care of my kid to the point of when it was time for my kid to take his second turn - which meant flying high into the tube (up to 40 feet above us) - he checked to make sure my lil' T was comfortable.


When lil' T said he didn't want to go that high, Dominic reinforced his decision and make him feel confident that he was good to go with staying near the bottom.  

T soared higher with more confidence, and had a more enjoyable experience than if forced to go higher.  I was so impressed and thankful that such a young man would be so good with my kid.


But warm motherhood feelings aside - this was fabu-fantastic-over the top fun.  The air pressure was exhilarating as it pushed me up higher and higher, and the trainers took liberty to teach us different hand movements that allowed us to spin or shift in the air.  


I was so enthralled with spinning that I angled my hands more than he expected and spun a ton faster than he planned.  He had to stop me, as in my head I was like a little girl in her first spinning chair, yelling, 'Weeeeeeee!'


On my second turn, we went up to the top, which I would guess was close to 40 to 45 feet up int he tube (pictured above).  The air pressure was so hard (in order to raise us up) that I could feel it push against my lungs as it entered my nose.  As I was up there, I was thankful that my kid chose to stay closer to the ground.

This was by far the most fun and I for one will be first in line for the Oklahoma City location.  They have packages for people, who want to learn tricks and more in-depth air skills, which I think I'm going to invest in.  I loved this so much, I'm thinking that a new love story surrounding a trainer and his student may need to come into play.


If you have ever thought about sky diving but were too afraid, (you won't catch me jumping from a plane ... ever) iFlying is the next best thing.  It's my new most favorite thing to do!  Try it out ...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I'm In The Mood

Since finishing book 5, I put down my pen and decided to read a few books.  A general rule for me is that when I'm writing - I find it hard to read.  It convolutes my scenes with other author's and I'd rather keep my brain free from clutter to keep my characters mine.

So now that I'm ready to read, I've had some really great recommendations from some of my readers on my FaceBook page.  Some of them being:

And these all sounded really good, and someday I'll tackle them.  However, to be quite honest - I didn't want to spent upwards of 5 dollars to over 12 for a digital book.  Call me cheap, but I was in the mood for two things when surfing amazons book list.  

  1. Cheap or free
  2. An easy read
So out of curiosity, I searched with the terms: 'free kindle romances'

After days of downloading a few freebies here and there, and perusing Amazon's catalogue - here is what I found - you have basically 2 choices:  Steamy man sex without much substance or wit, or amish covered in cloth with wagon wheels and horses.

Let me state that neither of those types of books are bad!  They just weren't what I was in the mood for.  I wanted something in the middle, like the kind I write.  I wanted something that made me think, without giving me a headache.  I wanted something that was already proofread, so that I wasn't editing it as I went along.

I didn't think this was too much to ask, but hey it was the free section right?  I guess beggars can't be choosers.  I think there is a great divide between dry books without enough romance, and too much explicit sex.  I want something that gets your juices flowing and makes you cheer the characters on in their personal endeavors without feeling like you're committing a carnal sin by reading between the pages.    

Again, let me state the books that do promote either of these things have a market .... it's just not me.

My biggest pet peeve is a book that relies on sex to sell a title. Come on writers ... write a book that has substance and can stand on it's own without falling back on an obvious crutch.  My books touch on sex or almost getting there, as we're sexual beings.  Of course we're going to think of it!  But it doesn't mean I use it as candy to bait the readers.  I want my characters to have enough substance to stand on their own without taking their top off.

This blog didn't start out to be a book review.  My intent was to express my observations about how difficult it was to find something witty, romantic, and smartly written, without too much raunch.

But with continual search, and lots of digging - I found a book that fits the bill.  It was romantic and believable.  The characters were fleshed out without showing too much flesh.  The couples did the deed but it wasn't thrown in your face.  There was an intelligence about the book without relying on sex to sell it.  



Another plus to this book is that it had a conclusion.  There is a sequel to this, but the writer gave the audience a satisfying ending that left us putting down our kindle happy.  From one author to another, way to go Rachel Schurig!   You put me in the mood and left me completely satisfied!


Find the synopsis below:

Lizzie Medina went to London to reinvent herself. Tired of being the quiet baby sister, and in no hurry to settle into a boring existence in surburbia, she escapes from home at the first opportunity. When she settles in London for a year of post-graduate studies, Lizzie is sure she’ll be able to start a whole new life. Immerse herself in the books she loves. Explore a new country. Work on her dream of writing a novel. She might even be able to find a little bit of excitement for once. 

But falling unexpectedly in love with up-and-coming actor Thomas Harper causes Lizzie to re-think… everything. Just as she’s convinced herself this small-town girl from the Midwest can handle this great adventure, Thomas’s career suddenly explodes to superstar levels, and Lizzie finds herself forced to navigate the fame game of red carpets, catty co-stars, gossip magazines, and paparazzi. When she wished for a new life, she had no idea it would be anything like this! 

Lizzie must now determine if her love—and her confidence—are strong enough to get her through the complications of dating a movie star. Even if she and Thomas are able to pull through before she has to leave London, how will she deal with the inevitability of returning to a life at home that no longer feels like her own? Will she follow her family’s wishes or follow her heart? Will the Lizzie she discovered in London be strong enough to help her pursue her dreams?