Beta Readers needed

If cuteness is a crime, then lock me up and throw away the key.

First of all, yes, that’s a picture of a pug puppy. It’s a long-established fact in the marketing world that pictures of puppies bring in customers/viewers/clients, and when that puppy is a pug, well, take that number and add a gazillion to it. My site could use a bump in readership, so just to forewarn you, I’ll be posting a lot of pug puppy pics for a while. At least until the chubby baby cycle of pics starts up.

Anyway, to the real point of this post (lot of ‘p’ words in here…), I’m looking for a few dozen good beta readers to take a look at my newest novel, Goblin Hunter. I wrote it a couple years back, after being forced into inspiration via a trip to the Redwoods my wife set up a year before my son was born. Needless to say, once that little tyke was in the picture my writing career came to an abrupt, if not screeching, halt. But now that he’s old enough to actively try and run into traffic, I finally have some time to get back into being a semi-professional author. Which so far has meant slowly resuming work on Cithria Book 5, and getting my latest and greatest book project ready for print.

Goblin Hunter is probably best characterized as urban fantasy/supernatural, and it’s intended as the first book in a long series (maybe 10 books???), so I want to make sure I get this one right before tackling the important publishing questions. So with that in mind, I’m looking for readers who:

  1. Like to read stuff for free
  2. Can give me some basic feedback on plot and characters
  3. Can read it in a timely fashion, and
  4. Like to read stuff earlier than everyone else (and for free).

If that fits you, reach out to me on Twitter and I’ll send you a copy of the latest draft. You can follow me there @kriskramer, and I’ll make sure to have a copy of this post up there as well, just so you can make sure you’re following the RIGHT Kris Kramer.

(apparently there’s one selling jewelry, and another playing basketball somewhere in Europe)

It’s only about 77k words, so not too much to take on compared to my previous books. In comparison, I think Olympia and Sanctuary were both in the 120-130k range, along with most of the Cithria books. Also, if you end up enjoying this one, the second book in the series, Goblin Hunter: Crones, is already about halfway done, and I’ll need beta readers for that once I finish it up (hopefully before the end of 2019).

It’s been a while…

First of all, yes, it’s been well over a year since I’ve posted anything on this site. Having a toddler who is also a productivity vampire will do that to ya. But, it’s a new year, he’s off to a new school, and I have a few minutes to actually post an update, albeit a short one.

The tldr; version is – I updated the site because I’ve decided to retire from my writing vacation. Not really a vacation. More of an exile from any sort of constructive or creative work. But the itch to tell stories is back and I’m officially spending at least a small portion of each day getting back into the swing of things, and the lucky projects are the long-awaited Cithria Book 5 (tentatively called The Exodus) and a new book series called Goblin Hunter.

I’ll have more details on both soon. Needless to say, work is happening, and I can’t wait to get some new books in front of your eyes!

Building some buzz

I’m looking to capitalize on all of the great Olympia buzz recently so I spent a few days working on a new ad. I doubt anyone regularly reading my blog here needs any motivation to go and get a copy, but maybe your friends and family do! If so, tell them what a great read this book is and get them on the Olympia bandwagon!

Also, let me know what you think of the ad. I don’t make many of these so I’m kinda making it all up as I go.

Find out why so many people are in love with Olympia. Get your copy now!

Find out why so many people are in love with Olympia. Get your copy now!

Olympia – 2017 Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel

I mentioned earlier that I had another award to announce, but couldn’t because of an embargo on PR. Well, the embargo is lifted and I’m free to announce that the Texas Association of Authors has named Olympia as one of the TxAuthors Best Book Award Winners for 2017, capturing the best Sci-Fi/Fantasy book category!

 

 

In the late 21st century, economic and religious upheavals led to widespread unrest, and then to a devastating world war. As cities began to disappear from the map, salvation came from the most unlikely of sources – the gods of Olympus, Zeus, Athena, Apollo, Ares, all recently returned to earth to save humanity from itself. Stunned nations quickly became ardent supporters, following the Greek gods in their pursuit of a new way of life, a rebuilt society in which old borders and beliefs no longer exist. A society they called Olympia.

Nearly five hundred years later, Anthony Kensom lives in the nation of Athens with his aunt and his domineering grandmother. The early loss of his parents, and his struggles since have made him an outcast, and angry at the gods who have let him suffer. An incident at school leads him into the Athenian Army, where outcasts thrive, and Anthony finds his true calling as a commander and strategist. Thrust through the ranks by skill and by fortune, he leads the soldiers of Athens into the glorified bloodsport they now call war.

But his new glory is short lived. Anti-Olympia rebels known as Faithless seek to undermine him for their own purposes, using his past in an attempt to turn him against the gods. Olympia is a cage, they protest, and the more Anthony fights against their message, the more he begins to see the chains that keep him shackled.

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Olympia – Shelf Media Notable 100 Winner!

It’s been a little while since my last post, but I guess this is a pretty good one to start back up with. I’m proud to say that one of my books has received a couple awards. I’m technically not allowed to announce the second one until next week, but the first one is the Shelf Media Notable 100 Books, a list that includes my own novel, Olympia.

You can view the actual list from Shelf Media below, along with the fancy winner’s badge:

 

 

In the late 21st century, economic and religious upheavals led to widespread unrest, and then to a devastating world war. As cities began to disappear from the map, salvation came from the most unlikely of sources – the gods of Olympus, Zeus, Athena, Apollo, Ares, all recently returned to earth to save humanity from itself. Stunned nations quickly became ardent supporters, following the Greek gods in their pursuit of a new way of life, a rebuilt society in which old borders and beliefs no longer exist. A society they called Olympia.

Nearly five hundred years later, Anthony Kensom lives in the nation of Athens with his aunt and his domineering grandmother. The early loss of his parents, and his struggles since have made him an outcast, and angry at the gods who have let him suffer. An incident at school leads him into the Athenian Army, where outcasts thrive, and Anthony finds his true calling as a commander and strategist. Thrust through the ranks by skill and by fortune, he leads the soldiers of Athens into the glorified bloodsport they now call war.

But his new glory is short lived. Anti-Olympia rebels known as Faithless seek to undermine him for their own purposes, using his past in an attempt to turn him against the gods. Olympia is a cage, they protest, and the more Anthony fights against their message, the more he begins to see the chains that keep him shackled.