Tuesday, May 31, 2016

@Freshfiction #FFbchat and Giveaway This Thursday, 11:30 CST

Come one, come all! I'm sitting down with Tammie Barker of Fresh Fiction this Thursday, for a chat about my latest book, Worth Dying For.

There's a giveaway involved. And fun.
And we really hope to see you there!

You can RSVP to the chat here.

Or follow along on twitter using the #FFbchat hashtag.

If you're more a Facebooker, no problem! There's an event page as well. Click here.

Until then! 


Monday, May 30, 2016

#Mondayblogs: The Season of the Giveaways

Happy Monday everyone!

First of all, thank you to everyone who participated in the blog giveaway I've been running for the last two weeks. As always, it was THIS fun:

And you're probably wanting to know who the winners were:

$50 Amazon Giftcard
Andrea Cook

Choice of free Audiobook OR Free ecopy of Jesse Sullivan novels 1-5
Shelly Burrows
Jenilee Dunson
Mark Ensign

Free signed copies of Jesse Sullivan novels 1-5

Mikel Andrews

I hope everyone had as much fun as I did playing. And the fun doesn't stop here!

There's still three giveaways currently running.

Two giveaways are running on Amazon for ebook copies of Dying by the Hour (click here for this giveaway; Ends June 3) and for Dying Light (click here for this giveaway; ends June 11).

The third is on Goodreads. You can also click here for your chance to win a signed copy of Worth Dying For.

Really wanted to win? Don't give up yet. There's another blog tour scheduled in June. Hope to see you then! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

#Read a #poem Friday


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I’m talking to you old man.
Listen to me as you step inside this garden
to fill a breakfast bowl with blueberries
ripened on the bushes I’m planting now,
twenty years back from where you’re standing.
It’s strictly a long-term project—first year
pull off the blossoms before they open,
second year let them flower, watch the bees
bobbing in every bonnet,
but don’t touch the fruit till year three,
and then only sample a handful or two . . .
Old man I’m doing this for you!
You know what they say about blueberries:
blood-cleansing, mood-lifting memory-boosters;
every bush a little fountain of youth
sparkling with flavonoids, anthocyanin . . .
I’ve spent all summer clearing brush
sawing locust poles for the frames,
digging in mounds of pine needles, bales of peat moss—
I thought I’d do it while I still could.
You can do something for me in turn:
think about the things an old man should;
things I’ve shied away from, last things.
Care about them only don’t care too
(you’ll know better than I do what I mean
or what I couldn’t say, but meant).
Reconcile, forgive, repent,
but don’t go soft on me; keep the faith,
our infidels’ implicit vow:
“not the hereafter but the here and now  . . . ”
Weigh your heart against the feather of truth
as the Egyptians did, and purge its sin,
but for your own sake, not your soul’s.
And since the only certain
eternity’s the one that stretches backward,
look for it here inside this garden:
Blueray, Bluecrop, Bluetta, Hardy Blue;
little fat droplets of transubstantiate sky,
each in its yeast-misted wineskin, chilled in dew.
This was your labor, these are the fruits thereof.
Fill up your bowl old man and bring them in.

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Worth Dying for by Kory M. Shrum

Worth Dying for

by Kory M. Shrum

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

#GoodreadsGiveaway and other #freebooks #FreebieFriday

Hi everyone!

I hope the weather is beautiful where you are. The heat exploded here in Michigan and I'm suddenly sweating to death. (What happened to my cool Michigan summers?)

I don't know about you, but summer is reading season for me. And good news, I have a lot of free books up for grabs.

My goodreads giveaway started today. Enter and you can win a signed copy of Worth Dying For.

There's also still a little time to enter my blog giveaway for more free books, along with a $50 Amazon giftcard. You can interact with the rafflecopter below to enter.

Okay, that's all for now! Stay cool and keep reading!



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Worth Dying for by Kory M. Shrum

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Giveaway ends June 06, 2016.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

#Fridayreads: read #poetry


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Dense night is a needs thing.

You were lured
     in a luminous canoe
said to have once ruled
     a lunar ocean.

     The 2 am soda pour
of stars is all but silent;
only listen — 

   sedater than a sauropod
     in the bone epics
it spills all the moon spice,

     releasing a sap odour
          that laces
     us to a vaster scale
          of road opus.

A carousel of oral cues,
these spinning sonic coins.

A slide show of old wishes.

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Did you know I'm hosting a giveaway this week? 5 signed books, a $50 Amazon giftcard and more. Come play! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Short Playlist for #Supernatural Fans

One of the prominent characters in the latest Jesse book is an avid Supernatural fan. Most of us are not surprised, of course. What's not to love about the Winchester boys?

So here is a short playlist that Maisie (Jesse's little sister in Worth Dying For) made for you guys. Enjoy!

This post is in celebration of Worth Dying For's release. While your here, why not enter the $50 Amazon giveaway and maybe score free stuff?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#Tuesdaybookblog: Nimona, A Review

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (NPR.org).
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Kory's thoughts:

Even if I didn't have a thing for comics/graphic novels, I would have fallen in love with this story. And if we are being completely honest here, I loved it the moment I read the inscription "To all the monster girls".  First thought: Hell, yes. This book is for me.

And it had everything that I love in a story. Moral ambiguity, awesome, badass woman running around, and a (gay!) love story and a blurred lined considering who is really good and who is really evil.

On the cover Rainbow Rowell is quoted: "Full of humor and heart." This is pretty darn accurate. But seeing Rainbow Rowell's name made me think of Carry On (no, guys, I'm still not over that book hangover). For me there were some similarities between the stories (two men in love; fantasy elements; who is really good or evil)--and that is a compliment.

So bottom line, it's a fun, quick read that I highly recommend. At the end, you might have a little more respect and love for your inner monster.

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Did you know I'm hosting a giveaway this week? 5 signed books, a $50 Amazon giftcard and more. Come play! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Thank You! $50 #Amazon giftcard & other goodies

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It's that time again, when I celebrate the release of a new book by giving away all the things. For those of you who've been around for the last four book releases, this is no surprise. But I certainly hope it isn't getting old! 

So while you're here, play with the widget (heh) below and see how many entries you can rack up. There's one that you can do every day--so see you tomorrow!



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Friday, May 13, 2016

#Fridayreads: Read #poetry

In a Dark Room

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’Cause it’s alright, alright to see a ghost.
 — The National
Rock quartz next to a fence with upturned faces.
On the hill, on the other side
a storm, or plausibly, you.
Time keeps its footsteps regular until it is clapped upwards:
a falcon glides into view.

Dissolving into the pool in a splash of white,
I saw you. In summer,
the town goes to the drive-in.
The edges of the coin keep moving
as I stare at images through goggles, they
fog out.

Rooms go to pieces, sometimes, quietly. Curtains
are no longer red, now they’re dusty. The cat
moves. The room turns ocher
and shifts, as wind blows through.

O Brecht’s sky of streaming blue. It’s been days since I opened the book
my face is watching. Cupboards slam in another part
of the flat. The room reassembles,
but it’s different now —

Monday, May 9, 2016

#Bookbub: Holy Grail for the #indiewriter? #amreading

Today my first book, Dying for a Living, is being promoted by Bookbub for the third time. I've had a few people ask me if Bookbub was really worth all the hype and I think the short answer is yes. But I want to explain why--and how you can gain a few similar benefits, even if you aren't eligible for your own Bookbub promotion yet.

When I first began my journey as a self-published author two years ago, every successful indie writer I knew insisted that Bookbub was where it was at.

For those of you who don't know, Bookbub is a listserv that notifies subscribers by email of book deals (usually free or deeply discounted books).

 In their own words:

BookBub alerts you to limited-time free & discounted ebooks matching your interests.
It's free to join, you can read on any device, and the books are yours to own.

For those of us who go through books like chocolate bonbons, free and cheap books can be very exciting.
So it's no surprise that according to Bookbub, the website has millions of email subscribers.

So what does that mean for writers? Particularly indie writers?

It means that if you are able to get enough reviews (I was first approved around the 80 review mark) and most of them are favorable (4.0+ rating), then chances are you will be approved for a promotion.

This means that (depending on your category), a million+ readers will get an email suggesting that they buy/download your book one morning.  This usually results in A LOT of downloads, which translates to sales of your other books, and in general, can be great for visibility.

The reason why Bookbub seems like the holy grail of such paid services (and yes, you pay Bookbub for your feature), is because it's the most successful one around. I've used several similar services that send emails to readers, but they were not as effective in generating downloads/sales, and they were usually more expensive. So overall, these services had a low ROI.

But there are two other reasons why a Bookbub feature is something to aspire to:

1) Readers can follow your page
2) New release alerts

A Bookbub author profile looks like this. All Bookbub authors are eligible to claim and design their page. And once they do, it is a good marketing tool because readers can easily see a list of your works and learn more about you. Even better, they can follow your page. You WANT them to follow your page because if they do, then they will receive a New Release Alert whenever a new book comes out, which is another great marketing tool. One of the continuing challenges of the indie writer is to keep people aware of books as they hit the shelves.  
But what if you aren't eligible for a Bookbub feature (yet!)? There's still something to gain:

1) Amazon has a similar "follow-new release alert" feature.
While you work to build up your review numbers, try to actively market your amazon author page. Beneath my author photo, you should see a follow button. Everyone who clicks this receives an alert whenever I put out a new book and sometimes months before, when the book goes on preorder--just like Bookbub does. So be sure to promote your author page and encourage others to "follow" you to help generate visibility for your forthcoming books.

Another tool that has helped me with visibility (and you don't need a single review to access it) is Bookbub's blog. I've found their posts really interesting and helpful in learning about visibility and how to promote my work. Self-publishing has a steep learning curve and any resource that can help me understand how to present my work to others is a good thing.

Regardless of whether or not you are an indie writer or a traditionally published one, I've found many useful posts on marketing on the Bookbub's Partners blog. So it might be useful to add this to your homework reading list.

Bottomline: Is it the Holy Grail? Maybe. Maybe not. But I certainly haven't found anything better yet. Hopefully that will change and other equally successful mail lists will emerge that give writers more opportunities to promote their work. But until then, the best we can continue is to continue to educate ourselves about the ever-shifting market.

Friday, May 6, 2016

#Read a #poem Friday

The animals in that country

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In that country the animals 
have the faces of people: 

the ceremonial 
cats possessing the streets 

the fox run 
politely to earth, the huntsmen 
standing around him, fixed 
in their tapestry of manners 

the bull, embroidered 
with blood and given 
an elegant death, trumpets, his name 
stamped on him, heraldic brand 

(when he rolled 
on the sand, sword in his heart, the teeth 
in his blue mouth were human) 

he is really a man 

even the wolves, holding resonant 
conversations in their 
forests thickened with legend. 

            In this country the animals 
            have the faces of 

            Their eyes 
            flash once in car headlights 
            and are gone. 

            Their deaths are not elegant. 

            They have the faces of 

Learn more about Atwood and this poem here.