Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Next Lou Thorne Thiller is here #amreading

Is it still revenge if you kill the innocent? 

Fast, furious, and with an iron will--Louie Thorne is the woman they fear. Crime lords the world over go to great lengths to escape her retribution. But with her terrifying gift and relentless drive, there is nowhere in the world they can hide. 

For Lou it's personal. When her father was murdered by drug lords, Lou survived not only because of her supernatural ability to be anywhere at any time but because she found a reason to live: revenge. She vowed to destroy those who carelessly destroyed the lives of others. 

Yet Lou's freedom to exact these plans lies in her anonymity. She kills without repercussions because she is little more than a ghost haunting the dark underbelly of the world. 

Until a young reporter desperate for the story of a lifetime starts to unravel the mystery of Louie Thorne and threatens to expose Lou to the light... 

Preorder and save 40% --> HERE

Praise for the Shadows in the Water series 

★★★★★ "An amazing book with a unique premise!" 

★★★★★ "Dark and suspenseful, Shadows in the Water sends tingles down your spine!" 

★★★★★ "The main character is a serial killer, but it's cool. She only kills the bad guys." 

★★★★★ "This book is well done. It grabs you and doesn't want to let go no matter how tired you are and need to sleep." 

★★★★ "Something really different in the supernatural/power type of story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book with plenty of suspense, well-drawn characters, and a really unusual premise." 

★★★★★ "Such a great book! I can't wait to read the next one!" 

★★★★★ "Taut, well written, and absorbing!" 

★★★★★ "One of the best supernatural thrillers." 

★★★★★ "Grabs you from the first page and never stops!" 

★★★★★ "A great read, the author brings the characters to life and provides an excellent page-turner." 

★★★★★ " will not want to put it down." 

★★★★★ "Utterly fantastic." 

★★★★★ "Highly original, with a heroine that is sure to be one of your favorite literary characters." 

★★★★★ "Get comfortable before you begin because you won't put this book down until the end." 

★★★★★ "Keep 'em coming Kory Shrum...and please hurry."

Preorder and save 40% --> HERE

Looking for Shadows in the Water, book 1? You'll find it --> HERE.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

3 Tips for Writers #amwriting

1) Develop a daily writing habit.It doesn't matter if you write only 100 words a day or 3000. But you should sit down at your computer every day and work on your story/stories. This will train your brain to the task and create the discipline you need to write fiction.

2) Commit to finishing things.Neil Gaiman: “Writer advice... Write. Finish things. Go for walks. Read a lot & outside your comfort zone. Stay interested. Daydream. Write.”

While all of this is good advice, I particularly want you to note the "finish things" portion of this advice. It is very tempting to get distracted by the next shiny idea that comes along when we are in the middle of project. It happens to us all. But it is very important that you don't jump ship every time, or you will find that you are often swimming in the ocean without really getting anywhere.

I recommend that you create an outline for every project early on (when you are still excited and invested in the project) and when the days get hard or the shiny idea arrives, stick to your outline. Imagine your best Hagrid from Harry Potter voice: Stick to your outline, Harry. Stick to your outline.
Rely on your earlier, more energetic self to carry you through to the end.
3) Read.In order to be a good writer, you MUST be reading. Read books in your genre for inspiration. Read books outside it for fresh perspectives and maybe learn some tricks! Almost any writer will tell you that reading is paramount to writing and you can't have one without the other. But I like how Stephen King has put it, "If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time and tools it takes to write."

Wishing you a productive writing week,

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

She is only good at one thing --killing #Tuesdaybookblog

There's still time to preorder my latest Lou Thorne Thriller, Under the Bones. Sequel to the supernatural thriller, Shadows in the Water. 

Louie Thorne is good at only one thing. Killing. She knows peace only when she kills and this relentless thirst drives her to hunt the worst crime lords in the world. But when her cancer-stricken aunt makes a dying wish, Louie is torn between her own dark nature and a promise made to the only family she has left.

Enter Konstantine, bastard son of the crime lord who killed Louie's family, and now the leader of the Ravengers—a ruthless crime faction ruling from Florence's underworld. He didn't rise to power without making enemies and now one of those enemies has made Konstantine the most hunted man alive. Konstantine's only hope of surviving the international chase is to trust the woman who almost killed him.

Will Louie embrace her thirst and protect her old enemy, Konstantine? Or are the bonds of blood stronger than revenge...

Learn more about Under the Bones, a  "twisting, fast-paced tale"  here.

Haven't met Lou Thorne or read Shadows in the Water?

Good news. I'm running a $0.99  promotion until the release of Under the Bones. There's never been a better time to check out the series--and get pumped about what dark adventures are coming next.

Get Shadows in the Water  here 

Friday, May 11, 2018

A New Read for Vampire Fans #Fridayreads

With her home and heart in ruins, Jenna is none too keen on the idea of helping the Duke of House Lilith—the man she holds responsible for everything wrong in her life. But when the Vampiric High Council summons Ursula, Duchess of House Lilith and Jenna’s unsuspecting grandsire, to a trial where she's to stand accused of murdering her sire and abandoning her depraved scions, the duke is eager to strike a deal. If Jenna helps him protect Ursula, he will keep her darkest secret and put in a good word with the adoptive sire the queen assigns to her. Oh, and return her guns—provided she doesn’t use them on him.

Another great installment. If you've read and enjoyed the first four books in this series, you will enjoy this installment as well. I'm loving the progression of Jenna's story and can't wait to see what develops with the duke. The vampire royal family intrigue is also a lot of fun. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New Release Today! Eat it up, vampire fans! #Tuesdaybookblog

Welcome to Castle Cove! You've been invited to take a ride on the dark side. Welcome to Castle Cove is available now -- FREE in Kindle Unlimited!  (Don't worry, non-Amazon friends! It will be distributed widely, soon).

When a young woman is dumped by her fiance, she takes a new job in Castle Cove, hoping to leave the heartbreak behind. But she may have bitten off more than she can chew...

Despite the beautiful pine forests and enchanting sea, you will discover just what sort of residents dwell (or haunt) his historic town.

Each choice you make as you read this interactive novel will reveal Castle Cove's secrets and dark history. You can meet the partner of your dreams...or find yourself on the dinner plate.

Choose carefully... Anything is possible in Castle Cove.

Learn more  here.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Still time to get the preorder bonus! #Fridayreads

Welcome to Castle Cove comes out Tuesday, May 8. But you can preorder now and get the bonus origin story, Seven Devils.

What is Welcome to Castle Cove?

Always wanted to prove you wouldn't die in the horror film? Here is your chance.

A young woman is dumped by her fiancĂ© of three years. Longing for a new life, she takes a job in Castle Cove, a seemingly perfect town nestled between beautiful pine forests and the sea. Only Castle Cove isn’t what it seems.

Each choice you make as you read this interactive novel will reveal Castle Cove’s secrets and dark history. But beware: you can find adventure, power, romance or monsters within these pages. 

Choose carefully, or else…

Learn more  here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The New Sarah J. Maas book is here! #Tuesdaybookblog

Happy Book Birthday, SJM!

I know you're waiting for your baby to arrive, and that's pretty special, but I'm just so excited for this book! 
ACOTAR fans will understand what I mean! 
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

What are you waiting for? Get your copy of Frost and Starlight NOW RIGHT HERE.

Friday, April 27, 2018

A #Goodreads giveaway I'm excited about - #Freebiefriday

To anyone who has more than a five-minute conversation with me, they know that I loved Maas' ACOTAR series. And now there is another installment coming soon! A Court of Frost and Starlight is releasing in early May and I plan to take it on the plane with me to Greece!

If you like the series, or goodreads giveaways, you will want to enter this one.  But good luck! Over 12,000 people have already entered to win 1 copy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Over 20 Free Books! Yes! #givingback

My donation to the English-language library in Angers, France arrived safely this week. Woo! I'm so glad that I was able to donate over twenty diverse YA books to their growing collection (including my own!) for French readers interested in English.

Read on kids! 

I feel that it's really important for writers to not only produce great books for their fans to enjoy, but to also be advocates in the reading community. Get books into people's hands. Cultivate a world, an attitude, and an environment that makes reading enjoyable and accessible. 

I'm still learning how to do this --but have been trying to seize these opportunities when I can.

Have a great idea for a bookish donation/act of kindness? Let me know by replying in the comments below. I'd love to hear your ideas! 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sixteen 5-star thrillers FREE -- for you! #FreebieFriday #fivestarthrillers

One of the biggest problems I have as a reader isn't the availability of novels or the even the price. My biggest problem is sifting through the millions of books to find something good.
This month I have something very special to share with you.
Collectively, these sixteen novels have an average Amazon rating of 4.5 with over 5000 reviews. These novels are free until April 30th.
Most require that you subscribe to an author's email list. You can always unsubscribe.
Quite a few of these authors are USA Today bestsellers and/or award winners.
More importantly, these authors are great writers and great people. I hope you'll give them a try. 
Go ➜ here to get your free books.

Friday, April 13, 2018

#Freebiefriday - Enter this @Goodreads giveaway !

Louie Thorne is good at only one thing. Killing. She knows peace only when she kills and this relentless thirst drives her to hunt the worst crime lords in the world. But when her cancer-stricken aunt makes a dying wish, Louie is torn between her own dark nature and a promise made to the only family she has left. 

Enter Konstantine, bastard son of the crime lord who killed Louie's family, and now the leader of the Ravengers—a ruthless crime faction ruling from Florence's underworld. He didn't rise to power without making enemies and now one of those enemies has made Konstantine the most hunted man alive. Konstantine's only hope of surviving the international chase is to trust the woman who almost killed him. 

Will Louie embrace her thirst and protect her old enemy, Konstantine? Or are the bonds of blood stronger than revenge... 

Enter to win one of 20 Amazon Kindle copies of this ebook here. Good luck everyone! :)

Haven't read Book 1, Shadows in the Water? No problem! It's just $0.99 for a limited time. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Midnight District - A Review @Angela Roquet

Welcome to SPERO HEIGHTS... 

a quaint little town full of secrets and second chances, where supernaturals who have lost their bump in the night go to recover. Tucked in the wooded Ozark Mountains, the humans are rarely cause for concern, but the citizens of Spero Heights have enough troubles of their own. 

Graham Pierce, the beloved mayor of Spero Heights, has finally returned home… but he’s not alone. 

After a wild vampire chase prompted by one of Dr. Delph’s visions, he stumbles across an apocalyptic affair resulting from his failure. The vampire in question is dead, leaving a curiously strong vampling in his place. Graham can’t explain his fascination with her, and he has no idea what bringing her back to his quiet little haven in the Ozarks could mean for him or for all of Spero Heights.

Eliza Wilson shouldn’t have gone to her ten-year class reunion. Certainly not right after losing her job, and most definitely not after being served divorce papers by her husband’s attorney and latest conquest. When her high school stalker corners her in the parking lot for a little love bite and she wakes up with a more literal thirst for vengeance, that’s the last straw. Hell hath no fury, because she brought it all back with her.

Kory's Review

I've been following Graham's journey since Book 1 of this series, Blood Moon--so I'm excited to see how his storyline turned out for him, and to see him meet his match. It was great to see familiar faces and to learn how the town continues to grow and change. It was also awesome to see the crossover with Roquet's Blood Vice series--my favorite of hers. The duke makes an appearance here--and this little taste of him just wasn't enough. It makes me desperate for Blood Vice 5 and the inevitable romance between him and Jenna. 

As ever, my only complaint is that this book is too short. I would love to spend more time in Spero Heights with Selena (<---my fav character) and crew, but I will always be happy to return when I get a chance. And since the next book is going to focus on her--I'm psyched!

Want to check it out? ----> Get yours here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

#Fridayreads - Thicker than Blood by @AngelaRoquet

Blood Vice Book 5

Revenge. Jenna had thought she wanted it before but it’s nothing compared to the scorching ire she lives with now. With her home and heart in ruins, she’s ready to repay the favor. The duke has taken her in, but not out of the kindness of his heart. The lavish suite and full-service harem at her disposal are not enough to disguise the setup for what it is: a gilded cage.

As the Midsummer’s Eve Ball draws near, where the queen has promised to announce Jenna’s new sire, Jenna plots to bring House Lilith to its knees. Starting with Dante Lilosa, the man she blames for everything wrong in her life. Blood family or not, she’s determined to see him pay for his crimes…unless Ursula, the returned Duchess of House Lilith, makes Jenna pay for her sins first.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

You're Invited - Welcome to Castle Cove #Tuesdaybookblog

I'm so excited to invite you--at last--to Castle Cove. A mysterious town with mysterious residents. This book was really challenging to write (my first attempt at a split path novel). But I'm happy with how it turned out and can't wait to share it with you.

If you've always wanted to experience the monster/urban fantasy tale first hand, here is your chance. You can learn more about the story and premise here or jump right to the preorder.

**All preorders come with a bonus origin myth. 

And don't worry, there's more coming! :)

Friday, March 30, 2018

#FreebieFriday - Fantasy Books for the Taking

Can't get enough of amazing fantasy books? Do you want more in your personal library? Then download and fill your shelves with these books to satisfy your mind and heart's cravings for fantasy and out of this world stories! 

*All books are free, and for a limited time only. 

(Mar 22 - Apr 11) Stuff your shelves here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

@Instafreebie Spotlight - Dying by the Hour #freebie

Today my second novel in the Dying for a Living series is being featured on Instafreebie. Fun! If you're interested in downloading a free copy of this book, you can find it here on their blog.

New to the series? Dying for a Living the first book is also free -- so why not snap up a free copy of the first book too and start binging today. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Under the Bones - Now Available for Preorder #Tuesdaybookblog

The second installment in the Shadows in the Water series is now available for preorder! Woot! I hope you're as excited as I am.  I can't wait to share this next Louie Thorne adventure with you. And I won't lie. Things are heating up (dangerously) between Louie and Konstantine. So if you can't wait a moment longer:

Preorder now.

Haven't had a chance to dive into the series yet? Shadows in the Water is available for just $0.99 from now until release day. If you like a good thriller with a touch of fantasy, you might really enjoy this. 98% of readers do*.

So if you're curious, find your preferred retailer here.

 *142 out of 144 Amazon reviewers gave a 4 or 5-star review.

What are the reviewers saying?

"Finally a woman who answers to no mans' weak stereotypes. She is above and beyond." - Havasu S.

"Too cool. Everyone loves a mysterious badass. Can't wait for more adventures with Lou."--Kindle Customer

"Lou is a beast! I absolutely love this book and the true-to-life characters. We all have a darkness within us but Lou is the darkness. She's the kickass heroine who handles bad guys in a way that has you cheering her on." --KKelley52

"Kind of a mix of genres and it works. Loved the characters and the storyline. Well-edited, too. Every time I got pulled away from reading, I couldn't wait to get back to it to see what happened!" --Amazon Customer

"I would recommend this to fans of thrillers and fantasy lovers equally. It will not disappoint in either genre!" --Laurie V.

Want more reviews? You'll find them here.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

#FreebieFriday: Shadows in the Water free this weekend

Shadows in the Water is free until Monday. See what over 90 customers have said so far here

Want a synopsis?

"Startling character turns (including a double cross or two)...psychological damage, and sufficient material to ignite a series." --Kirkus Reviews 

Louie Thorne was born with a dangerous gift and a reason to fear the darkness. But when her parents are murdered by the mafia, embracing her power is the only way to exact her revenge. She will destroy the men who destroyed her family--no matter the cost. 

Robert King is a retired agent, and knows trouble when he sees it. First, an old partner asks King to use his connections and skills to investigate a suspicious case. Then an old flame begs a favor. By the time, Louie enters the picture, King will be lucky to survive the night. 

Fast-paced action, suspenseful tension, and unforgettable characters--there's everything thriller fans could want in this first installment. 

Looking for a non-amazon link? Find a full list of retailers here. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Under the Bones Cover Reveal #Tuesdaybook blog

The sequel to Shadows in the Water now has a cover! Woot! I hope you're as pleased with it as I am. The talented Christian Bentulan was lovely to work with, yet again.

Curious about what happens in Under the Bones? (Synopsis below)

Louie Thorne is good at only one thing. Killing. She knows peace only when she kills and this relentless thirst drives her to hunt the worst crime lords in the world. But when her cancer-stricken aunt makes a dying wish, Louie is torn between her own dark nature and a promise made to the only family she has left.

Enter Konstantine, bastard son of the crime lord who killed Louie's family, and now the leader of the Ravengers—a ruthless crime faction ruling from Florence's underworld. He didn't rise to power without making enemies and now one of those enemies has made Konstantine the most hunted man alive. Konstantine's only hope of surviving the international chase is to trust the woman who almost killed him.

Will Louie embrace her thirst and protect her old enemy, Konstantine? Or are the bonds of blood stronger than revenge...

That's all for now! I'll post preorder links as soon as they're available. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

#Fridayreads: Blood Vice $0.99 this week only @AngelaRoquet

I loved this book - and it's my favorite series by awesome author Angela Roquet. If you enjoyed Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires and Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures, I'm absolutely certain you'll enjoy this book --and will be as hooked on the series as I am.  


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

9th Annual Read an Ebook Week - Free and discounted books #Tuesdaybookblog

The special Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion catalog is now LIVE on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories. After midnight on March 10, the catalog disappears.

Get Dying for a Living Boxset Vol 1. (Books 1-3) for just $2.50 here with this coupon code

Get Dying for a Living Boxset Vol 2. (Books 4-7)  for just $5.00 here with this coupon codeBT24F

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords and will not affect prices at other retailers.

Already read and loved my books? Looking for other great reads? I've got you! 

Where to Find Books

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Catalog - This is the hub of the action, where you find over 75,000 multi-format books regularly priced at free every day, and thousands more that are free or deep-discounted exclusively at Smashwords during Read an Ebook Week only.  Browse the catalog by discount categories of FREE, 75%-off, 50%-off and 25% off.
Apple iBooks - For iPhone, iPad, iTunes and Mac users.   CLICK HERE to bring up a selection of FREE ebooks organized by categories such as Featured Titles, Fiction & Literature, Non-Fiction, Children & Teens, Romance, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Entertainment and more.  iBooks features thousands of free and low-cost books every day in their iBooks app.
Barnes & Noble - CLICK HERE for access to hundreds of free ebook for the Barnes & Noble Nook.
Kobo - Smashwords supplies tens of thousands of free ebooks to Kobo.  Click here for a collection of the most popular free ebooks at Kobo drawn from multiple publishers and distributors. - This popular site offers readers access to hundreds of free ebooks. - Over 33,000 free ebooks from one of the early pioneers in free ebook sites.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Welcome to Castle Cove - Cover Reveal! #comingsoon

Welp. I just can't sit on this any longer. It's toooooo pretty. (Bonus points if you can spot the eyes.)

This cover is for my newest series about a special town, Castle Cove, and its special (read: dangerous) residents. It's dark and delicious and so complicated that I think I'll be coming back to play here often over the years. (Books and books worth of material here).

The first three novels in the chute will all hopefully hit the shelves this year: Welcome to Castle Cove, Night Tide, and The Wayward Woods.

More info soon! In the meantime, let's just appreciate the eerie silence of driving down a highway at night. Moon full. Headlights stretching into the darkness. And the sound of waves beckoning you closer...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

So Your Mother Disappoints You #WednesdayWisdom

So Your Mother Disappoints You

And it's hard not to take it personally.
She drinks a twelve pack and drives,
45 miles in the wrong direction, away
from the elementary school where
you sing a song about a heart
while yours is breaking. Alone
overlooking the sea of faces
you don't know. Or Thanksgiving
when most children gather around
the dinner table, say grace and thank you
for the mothers who spoon out greens
and cranberries onto white plates
while you walk into the jailhouse.
Hands up, pat down, and the plexiglass
remains between you. When she calls
to say she can't leave him because
she has nowhere to go. Yes, it's hard
not to take it personally in a world of
1000 choices--and not one of them is you.
But then I think of the valley, the forest
rich with life, though trapped in the canyon.
Lightning strikes there often, a brush fire
springs up, sweeps through the pines.
Animals are killed, a river polluted
the sky darkened with ash. One could say
terrible, tragic when considering
the burned paws, the lives lost.
Or one can see the wisdom in it. The burn
is needed. The burn brings growth.
The burn is the only reason the valley thrives.

-Kory M. Shrum, 28 February 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

#Freebiefriday: Over 90 thriller novels to choose from

Come for the thrillers, stay for the action! Here is quite the haul for you thriller fans. This is your chance to download over 90 thriller titles available in this mega giveaway - including a copy of Shadows in the Water by yours truly! 

Check out the giveaway  here 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#Tuesdaybookblog: Over 150 FREE fantasy books - Giveaway ending soon!

Only a few days left to peruse this mega fantasy giveaway! With over 150 fantasy novels to choose from, including one from yours truly  here 

I am sure that there's something for everyone.

Take a look at what's available and see what goodies are in store for your e-readers! Visit the giveaway  here

Monday, February 19, 2018

#Mondaymotivation Read more free books with this Instafreebie App!

The Instafreebie app makes ebook delivery faster and simpler for anyone who uses Instafreebie to get free books from their favorite authors. Books claimed from the Instafreebie site can be moved from the Instafreebie app to any ereader app currently installed on your device.

Available on iTunes and Google Play! Get the app ➜ here.

Or learn more ➜ here.

And why don't you start by adding some of my own freebies to your app!

Get the Dying for a Living boxset FREE ➜ here.

Get Shadows in the Water FREE ➜ here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

#Freebiefriday Over 80 free sci-fi and fantasy books available, this weekend only!

Here is your chance to download any (or all!) of the 80+ sci-fi and fantasy books offered in this mega giveaway. Instead of sitting here, telling you just how awesome this offer is, go check it out yourself!

And keep your eyes open for a free book or two from yours truly! 

Get your books  ➜  here 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hot New Audiobook on #Audible -

If you're anything like me, your resolution this year might have been to read more books in 2018. One way I'm trying to achieve this ambition is by listening to more audiobooks.
If you're looking for something to listen to yourself, you may be interested in my new boxset. This boxset has FOUR of the Dying for a Living novels included for the price of ONE Audible credit. So if you have an Audible credit to spare, or just want 4 audiobooks for the price of one, feel free to check out this bundle.
Amazon ➜ here
Audible ➜ here
iTunes ➜ here

Not ready to start book 4? The first three books are also bundled in these retailers.
Amazon ➜ here
Audible ➜ here
iTunes ➜ here

Monday, February 12, 2018

#Mondaymotivation Two $100 Amazon gift cards @sffbookbonanza

If you've already burned through your holiday stockpile and are hoping to replenish your TBR - here is your chance! This giveaway is awarding two winners a $100 Amazon gift card each -- which be enough to satisfy even the most voracious book lover -- for at least a week or two!*

All you have to do is follow a few authors on Bookbub and rack up your entries and chances to win.

Learn more  here 

*while it's true the gift card can be spent on anything, I can't imagine a scenerio where you'd want to buy something more than you'd want to buy books...just sayin.