Thursday, August 14, 2014

A blog review for Song of the Sea Spirit

Song of the Sea Spirit got its first blog review at Juniper Grove! Like a parent sending her child off to her first day of school, I was nervous, excited, and proud. Would little Song make new friends? Would she get teased for being different?

For untold centuries, the Spirit Stones have hummed a series of mysterious tones whose meanings were long forgotten. Now, a girl arrives with a flute and a book--keys to understanding the tones and the ancient knowledge locked within. When she witnesses a heinous crime, she must stand against an entire legion to save the people she loves.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Authors and readers weigh in

Everyone who reads has heard about the Amazon-Hachette debate, at least those in the USA and probably most in the Western world. Authors have been "taking sides" for one or the other since the news broke about what was happening.

I'm on the side of the reader. I am a reader. I love books. I want to be able to afford books and to read them on my ereader. That, I suppose, puts me on Amazon's side of the dispute, because they're fighting for low ebook prices. Not 99c books, of course -- that would be ridiculous. But $9.99 is not ridiculously low for an ebook that has an extremely low cost to produce.

A few years ago, a writer friend, David Gaughran, put out a book called Let's Get Digital. I'm one of the many authors he reached out to for a paragraph or two on how the ebook industry has affected me as a writer. David has become, along with Joe Konrath, Hugh Howey, and The Passive Guy, a vocal defender of indie publishing and ebooks. David has recently reposted a guest post by Ed Robertson about how Self-Publishers Aren’t Killing The Industry, They’re Saving It. Highly recommended reading.

As is this message from the Amazon Kindle team that I received in my inbox this morning.

For anyone confused about the issues, I highly recommend those two links. Or this one, written by one of Hachette's own authors, Michael Sullivan. Or this one from Yahoo Finance. To get both sides of the story, read this letter by author Douglas Preston and a few hundred of his peers.

I wrote to Mr. Preston about the issue and received this reply:

Dear Karen,
As is often the case with the Internet, not everything you read there is true. We’ve never called for higher prices. We’re not against Amazon or its indie publishing model—which I personally think is one of the best things Amazon has done. Those are misrepresentations of our position being floated about on the Internet. 
We aren’t taking sides in this dispute at all. If you read the letter, you will see that we are simply asking Amazon to resolve its differences with Hachette without hurting authors, blocking the sale of books, slowing delivery, and otherwise inconveniencing their own customers. Amazon has enormous negotiating tools at its disposal. It doesn’t need to drag innocent authors into their dispute with Hachette.
I hope that clears up our views on the matter.

All best,
I suspect that the authors who've signed the Authors United letter do not have a clear understanding of all the issues.

Hachette's contract with Amazon expired in February or March. Amazon extended it by a month to give Hachette time to review the new contract, but a new contract has not been signed. Amazon has made several offers, in fact, and Hachette keeps stonewalling. If there's no contract between them to allow Amazon to offer things like pre-orders and ebook discounts or stocking a certain number of print books in advance of orders, then what's a bookseller to do?

I had to sign an agreement with Amazon for it to sell my books. Why shouldn't Hachette? If the terms are not to their liking, they are free to choose not to sell at Amazon. They are also free to negotiate for terms they can live with, but they haven't. Amazon isn't responsible for those decisions on Hachette's part.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What's with all the titles?

The Venom of Vipers. Blood Pact. Inhuman Salvation.

Um, yeah. About that...

I originally released a science fiction novel in 2010 under the title The Venom of Vipers. It sold fairly well for a time, and then fell into obscurity. Nothing I did seemed to do much good, despite the fact that it was getting consistently good reviews.

In an effort to figure out why this poor book stopped selling, I tried a title change at some retail stores to no avail. Feedback I received from objective third parties suggested that the title The Venom of Vipers and the cover art weren’t doing what they were supposed to—attract fans of science fiction. I removed the book from sale for a time to work on remedying both issues.

Which brings me to now. I've re-released the book formerly known as The Venom of Vipers (and Blood Pact) under its new (and hopefully last) title, Inhuman Salvation! (Thanks to the fine folks who frequent reddit for suggesting better titles for me to pick from.)

As you can tell by the biohazard symbol, this is a story about a deadly virus that's wiping out the human race. The flames symbolize the urgent nature of the situation. The green is pretty. (What can I say? I like green!) As for the inhuman part, well, here. Have a look at the blurb.

A supervirus threatens to wipe out the human race.

The only hope for the future is a cure hidden inside the human hybrid Ryder Stone. Created in a lab and brutalized, betrayed and hated by humans, Ryder yearns for freedom. On the outside, a group of human genetic purists want him dead.

When Katie Marsh, a brilliant young geneticist, discovers his secret, she must fight to protect Ryder, gain his trust, and convince him to save humanity before the purists destroy them all.

I'm offering this updated version of the book in its new clothes for 99¢ for a limited time. Just look at all the wonderful things people have said about it!

"It's an interesting premise and a nice slant on the whole apocalypse angle and it's told in a remarkably clear and intelligent manner. The plot is just superb..."

"In all, I had a very, very good time with The Venom of Vipers. It’s a poignant and fast-paced melding of science fiction, drama, and mystery. KC May solidifies herself as a writer to look out for in the future. She has something to say, she’s not afraid to say it, and she’s damn good at telling her story."
~Author Robert Duperre on his blog The Journal of Always

"When I started reading K.C. May’s The Venom of Vipers, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The book does not fit neatly into a specific genre. It has a little science fiction, a little mystery, and a little thriller aspects to it. May neatly combines elements of those genres to develop her story that stands out in its own right."
~Greg Arnett on his blog Kindle Books Reviewed

"K.C. May offers readers a fast paced plot. The plot flows smoothly with never a glitch. ... The characters are likable and well developed. ... This is a fascinating book that will please fans of sci-fi and fantasy."
~Readers Favorite

"K. C. May has spun another captivating tale. With this second novel, she once again proves that she knows how to string a story to maintain reader interest. The story flows along cleanly, and the transitions are smooth and do much to carry the reader along. The storyline itself is quite engaging. The idea that a virus could be slowly killing off the entire human population is not too out of the realm of possibility, and some of the ideas the author introduces in this tale are quite amazing, yet believable. It was a compelling read that was able to sweep me away."
~Grace Krispy on her blog Motherlode

"The Venom of Vipers is a fast paced read with an interesting kick, exciting characters, and a unique story. I really enjoyed the pace and the believability of a future time and place in our possible history. In addition to being a futuristic thriller with a bizarre twist, the book is a great read that will keep you turning the pages and following the characters."
~Blog Critic

"I was delighted at how seamlessly The Venom of Vipers tied the real science in with the science fiction. You could almost even call it science future since the theory behind the concept is real (transgenic organisms). I was also thrilled with how the author incorporated the science content- the conversations were believable and the science was explained well enough that someone without a science background wouldn’t be lost."
~Goodreads reviewer MG

"The Venom of Vipers" is a unique and intriguing work of science fiction, highly recommended.
~Midwest Book Review

""Blown Away", "Riveted", "An Up-All-Nighter" - none of those catchy tag lines do justice to the way it grabbed my attention and held me captive until the last chapter."
~Matthew Keith Reviews

"an enjoyable and entertaining read"
~Big Al's Books and Pals

You'll find the buy links on my web site at

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TLDT Progress Report

Just wanted to post an update on where we are with The Lies Dragons Tell (the book I'm co-authoring with India Drummond).

First of all, we're having a blast with this book! At least, I am -- and I hope India is, too. I never expected a co-written book could go so smoothly or be this fun. We contribute equally to the plotting, character development, and writing, and we feed off of each other's enthusiasm and ideas.

I just posted chapter 15, which was great fun to write. So far, we've been plugging along at about four chapters per week. We're about 2/3 of the way finished with the first draft, and will probably be done with it around the fourth week in July, maybe sooner. After that, we'll begin revisions. As this is the first time either of us have co-written a book, it's impossible to say how long that'll take, but probably about half as long as it would take either of us doing it separately.

After that, we'll be ready for beta readers! If you read fantasy, have an affinity for dragon stories, and would like to throw your name into the hat, leave a comment. What's a beta reader? Here's a good article that describes what a beta reader does.

Once we're sure we've got the best story possible, off it goes to our editor, Susan at West of Mars. Even though we're not done yet, I'm too excited not to post about how excited I am! :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Current projects & progress

As you probably know, India Drummond and I are working on a book called The Lies Dragons Tell. I'm happy to say that the outline is done (we might tweak it here and there, but it's pretty much nailed down), and writing is planned to begin in earnest the first of June. We're both super excited about this story. I can't wait to see what y'all think, once we get it done.

I'm also working on the outline for the second book in the Mindstream Chronicles. There's so much I need to resolve, and it's looking more and more like I need to write two more books for the series (and make it a trilogy), not just one more. If you've read book 1, you're going to be surprised by how deep the rabbit hole goes. I can't wait!

If writing goes as planned, The Lies Dragons Tell should be out late summer/early fall, and the Mindstream Chronicles book 2 by the end of December.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Excerpt from Song of the Sea Spirit

"Working under the glow of two lamps, Jora Lanseri sat hunched at her workbench. The scent of tanned leather and oil had long since faded from her notice, for the night was late or the morning early. She wasn't sure which. With every tap of her hammer on the awl, the moment grew closer that Jora would have to say goodbye to her dearest friend. It was no wonder the tools felt so heavy in her hands. The holes she punched into the leather strap might as well have been going directly into her heart."
~Opening lines from Song of the Sea Spirit

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Song of the Sea Spirit

I've been working on a new fantasy story in a new land with a different sort of magic -- the ability to see the Truth. Imagine if there were no need for lawyers or juries because the judges themselves could review actual scenes of burglaries, assaults, and murders exactly as they happened, pausing the scene as it played out to examine the details.

Gone are the days of false imprisonment and wrongful executions... or are they?

Introducing Book 1 of The Mindstream Chronicles...

Song of the Sea Spirit

The story features a woman from a small town in war-torn Serocia, whose penchant for a long-lost magic garners unwanted attention from some powerful people who will stop at nothing to wrest this knowledge for themselves.

Jora Lanseri hopes to marry and bear sons, as her duty to Serocia requires, but she possesses an uncommon skill—the ability to enter the Mindstream to Witness any event in the present or past. Her plans are interrupted when two men arrive in her hometown and insist she accompany them to the capitol to serve Serocia with her Mindstreaming skill. After being inducted into the Order of Justice Officials and beginning her training as a Truth Sayer, she Witnesses a shocking crime, jeopardizing the lives of everyone she cares about—including her own.

But Jora has a secret. With the aid of a friendly dolphin, she's been slowly unraveling the mystery of the Spirit Stones, the ancient, singing sculptures that are at the very heart of the crime. Will the sculptures' unfolding mysteries help save her people from a never-ending war, or will they lead Jora down a path of destruction that threatens everything—and everyone—she has worked to protect?

See my guest post on Nathan Lowell's blog about the concept for this story. This is book 1 of The Mindstream Chronicles, an epic fantasy adventure. One more novel is planned in the series. Sign up for my newsletter to find out about book releases, subscriber-only giveaways, contests, and surveys.

Release day: Song of the Sea Spirit is planned for ebook release on Monday, May 5th at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. It should become available at Kobo and iTunes the following week, and in paperback shortly after that.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Progress report

My first week as a full-time novelist went well. My goal was to write 5000 words per day, Mon-Fri (25,000 words per week). This week, I wrote over 29,500 words, surpassing my goal by a good margin. Which means…

I'm slightly ahead of schedule for the first book in my Mindstream Chronicles series! It's looking like I could push the release date up a bit, if the rest of the writing goes as well. I'm just shy of halfway through the first draft. If all goes well. I should be able to release it sometime in mid- to late-April or early-May.

I'll announce the official title and release date to my newsletter subscribers first (as well as info about the release-day-only sale), so if you're not already a subscriber, now's the time to sign up!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Life changes

OK, here's my big news...

I quit my job this week. I'm going to write fiction full-time!

Actually, I merely turned in my resignation. I'll be employed until Feb 14, and then I'll be FREEEEE!

Hopefully what that means is that I'll establish a disciplined writing schedule, stick to it, stay off the internet when I should be writing, and put out books faster than I could otherwise. I released two books in 2013. I'm hoping I can write four in 2014. Four books! I've never had this much time to write before. The chance is slim that I'll run out of books to write anytime soon. I've got a list of ideas for books that'll take me at least halfway through 2015. 

Update: Here's my reddit post about this exciting life change!

Monday, January 13, 2014

First 500 words!

I got up this morning and wrote the first 500 words of my new fantasy novel. It's exciting to be "done" with the worldbuilding and plotting and onto the writing part. I say "done" instead of done because things will be tweaked as I go along, but I have made great use of OneNote to design the country, economy, population, religion, magic system, history of magic use, justice system, the colloquialisms people use, etc. And it's been fun, but...


I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this book has a tentative completion date of June 1, 2014... assuming it takes me 3 months to write, 1 month to revise, and 2 weeks to edit. I'll post updates if it looks like I won't make this date. It'd be cool if I did, though, because then I could get book 2 out in the fall and start on my next sci-fi novel by the end of this year. What a great year it would be then.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sole Sacrifice

I'm super happy to announce that my novella, Sole Sacrifice, has a new cover! Not only is the artwork of superior quality (and more relevant to the story), but the layout and typography match The Kinshield Saga novels, which take place in the same world. Many thanks to artist and author T.M. Roy for this much-needed facelift!

For comparison, here's the original cover:

All updates have been submitted to the various ebook retail stories, but as of right now, only the Kindle edition has gone live with the new cover. The others should get updated within the next week.

If you haven't read this novella yet, download a free copy! It tells the story of Sithral Tyr, a character in The Kinshield Saga. Though the events in the novella take place before the Saga begins, you can read and enjoy the Saga before (or without) reading Sole Sacrifice. This novella explains Tyr's circumstances and how the cat figurine came to be.

Other download links can be found on my web site at

Thursday, August 22, 2013

An interview at SFF World

If you haven't checked out SFF World, I highly recommend it. It's The Go-To place for all books, movies, and games science fiction, fantasy, and horror. There's a lively forum to discuss all kinds of topics as well. And now... dun duh-nuh-nuuuuuuh... an interview with yours truly! If you swing by and leave a comment, that will make my day. :)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Release Day: Kinshield's Redemption

I'm so excited to announce the official release of my latest book, the conclusion of The Kinshield Saga, Kinshield's Redemption.

Sometimes redemption requires sacrifice...

Release day only: The book will be just 99c on release day (Aug 8)! Grab your copy today and save $3.

  Amazon US:
  Amazon UK:
  B & N:

Be sure to check out the blog review by IndieBookBlogger!

Monday, August 05, 2013

Special release-day pricing

Just a reminder so you don't miss out on this sale...

Buy Kinshield's Redemption on August 8th and get it for just 99¢/77p! The price will go up to $3.97 on August 9th. (The sale will be effective only at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.)

Stay tuned for the buy links here and on my web site at