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A DECISION HAS BEEN MADE!


*UPDATE:  THE NEXT BOOKS IN MY PARA-EARTH SERIES WILL BE…*

After giving it a lot of thought and listening to feedback from readers both here and on my blogs I’ve come to a final decision on what order the next few books will be coming in…

Late November 2014 “THE VAMPYRE BLOGS” will be released first.  This will be the first of at least 2 books.  The story line I’ve been creating has grown to such an extent that it cannot be told in just one novel   So I will do what I’ve been doing with the other books.  A complete story will be told with a few dangling plot lines that will be addressed and wrapped up in the 2nd book which will come in time for Christmas 2015.

In May 2015 “THE DOOR” will be released and will take up where both “THE BRIDGE” and “THE SHIP” left off.  It will reunite Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie.  I won’t give any spoilers away except to say that not only with the looming confrontation with the mysterious white-haired man will take place, but also the secret behind the ghostly Brandon will be fully revealed.

NOTE: Even though the story will wrap up a number of plot lines, this will NOT be the last you see of these characters.  They will be back in future stories as well as making appearances in other novels  So if you’ve grown attached to them, know you’ll be seeing more of them down the road.

So that’s where things stand and what you can expect in the next 18 months folks.  I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback.  I plan to try and release 2 novels a year, provided my school schedule for the next 3 years will permit.

In the meantime, please spread the word about my books to everyone you know.  I’m leaving the link to my webpage below, which has both books and how to get them in whichever format they wish: KINDLE, NOOK, PDF, SONY E-READER, APPLE, or TRADE PAPERBACK:

http://allankrummenacker.wix.com/allan-krummenacker


WELCOME TO THE PARA-EARTH SERIES…

When I began writing  I wanted to create something new and different.  Something that could become an ongoing seriese, with recurring and new characters that would take the reader’s imagination to new places and introduce new concepts.  The result was the Para-Earth Series:  a unique blend of horror, paranormal mystery, with a science-fiction twist that would make the Twilight Zone proud.

 

Through these tales, I introduce both my characters and the audience to a whole new vision of Parallel Earths unlike anything you’ve seen before.  I hope you’ll join me on this journey as together we discover beings and realities found only in dreams.  The door is open and you are always welcome…

****UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY JUNE 9TH YOU CAN GET EITHER OF THESE TITLE FOR JUST $1.49, half off the usual asking price of $2.99.  Or you can get both for $2.98****

 

 

BOOK 1 “THE BRIDGE”

Something waits…


Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year.  But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.

When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned.  But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do…

 

BOOK 2 “THE SHIP”

Every ship needs a navigator…

 

 

 

Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet.  She’s also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.  

In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience.  Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.

As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature.  They’ve also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out.  Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.

A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship.  He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe.  However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target. 

Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever…

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THANK YOU AND HAPPY READING.


****OKAY, TIME FOR A SPECIAL DEAL THIS WEEKEND****

 

With looming medical bills ion the horizon it’s time for me to raise some funds.  So I decided to run a half-off special over on Smashwords and Amazon for e-versions of my two books “THE BRIDGE” and its sequel “THE SHIP”

 

That’s right 1/2 off the $2.99 price.  Now you can get one book for $1.49 or both books for $2.98.  The price change has already occurred at Smashwords and should be available at Amazon starting tomorrow.

 

So  if you’re looking for an e-copy for your Nook, Kindle, Sony, Apple or even a PDF file for your laptop or desktop computer, click on the link below and start downloading the version you need.

 

And please share this with everyone you know.  The more the merrier and thanks for all your support.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

 

 


Well, well, well…

Another review for my 1st book “THE BRIDGE” has appeared and it’s a 5-STAR one. Woo-hoo! Let’s hope this is the start of something really good folks…

5.0 out of 5 stars delightful, May 29, 2014
By Stacey Lettich - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Bridge: Something waits (Para-Earth Series) (Paperback)

A great book and relatively easy read. It took me 2 or 3 chapters to get into the story but once I was hooked I never looked back. The characters are dynamic and I found myself fully invested in the story line. Looking forward to reading Allan Krummenacker’s next book.

http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Para-Earth-Allan-Krummenacker-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=la_B00B1W8TEU_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401895821&sr=1-1

*Also available for Nook at:

The Bridge Book Cover 2.75


All right fellow writers, here’s some food for thought….

I was told in the past that as you got more books out, your earlier titles people might develop an interest in your earlier titles. This seems to be the case as I’ve been seeing some new activity on “THE BRIDGE”. Not a lot of purchases, but more than I’ve seen in a while. There are also new reviews being posted on Amazon. Here’s one of them…

4.0 out of 5 stars First indie book I read, The Bridge., May 30, 2014

By Kees Bijker – See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: The Bridge (Para-Earth Series) (Kindle Edition)
This was my first book I read by an indie author. I met Allan a year ago on LinkedIn and, both being budding writers, we shared ideas and situations to do with writing. I was given the opportunity to read his book and took it.

It is my opinion that the story line is strong and very convincing. The book has a great deal of well developed characters, although I find a few of these character traits not fitting the situation the person is in, this could just be me with a biased opinion on how people should behave sometimes. Overall the characters are real enough to be believed and liked by the reader, I did.

The story has several layers which, although coming together at the end, do not always seem clear at the time they develop. Some of the events were hard for me to reconcile but this is life after all. Not everything that happens is clear why or how, so why not in a book. I did however ask myself this question a few times and perhaps the story would have been equally as strong if these loose threads would have been omitted or cleared up more conclusively, or maybe that is just me again.

It has helped me decide that for my own novel I will attempt to spend the money needed for a professional edit. Again it is my opinion that I would have enjoyed it a lot more if these little oversights had been filtered out by a professional eye trained to catch them.

Despite this, I will read the sequel I am sure. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 because I had no choice. If the stars could be allocated I would have given 5 out of 5 for story line, story strength and for character development. Maybe less on the grammar, sentence structure and therefore overall readability.

Still a big thumbs up and looking forward to the next one from Allan.

http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Para-Earth-Series-Allan-Krummenacker-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


I added this little piece to the end of “THE SHIP” and called it  BONUS MATERIAL.  The reason I added this to the novel was because among the ghosts and psychic phenomenon, there is also a heavy element of Native American Seneca lore in the book.

I’ve been fascinated by all kinds of legends and lore from  a number of cultures for many years (Native American, Norse, Greek, Asian, you name it).  From these tales I’ve gotten a number of ideas over time for future stories.  But in both “THE BRIDGE” and “THE SHIP”, I found myself drawing in characters with Native American heritage. I remembered the Iroquois Confederacy which had been made up of 5 tribes namely the Seneca, Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, and the Onondaga.  Eventually they were joined by a 6th tribe the Tuscarora.   The Iroquois were located in the New England area, including Connecticut which was the setting for “THE BRIDGE”, so I immediately began scouring their legends and tribal tales for material I could use in the books.

As luck would have it the Senecas had several tales I was very attracted to and here is the one that really made an impact on “THE SHIP”…

 

black wolf

White-Wolf

The Warrior Cared For By Wolves

 

             A chief named Ganogwioeo, went on the warpath with ten braves into Cherokee country.  They found the Cherokee watchers but could do nothing.

          Ganogwioeo told his men to stay in hiding while he entered the Cherokee village in secret.  He succeeded in sneaking into the village and even captured the Cherokee chief’s daughter and scalped her.  But while trying to escape, his bow broke and he was captured.

          After being brought back to the village, the two head women of the Cherokee decided his fate.  “Tie him up and place him near the fire so the soles of his feet will blister.  Then drain the blisters and place kernels of corn under the skin.  After that chase him with clubs until he dies.”

         Ganogwioeo was stripped naked, tied up and his feet tortured as instructed.  But after the corn was placed under his skin and the chase was about to begin, he managed to escape his captives.

         However, he was still far from home and all alone.  When night fell he found a hollow log and crawled inside it.  As he lay there, he heard the sound of feet approaching then halt right next to the log.  For a moment he feared that his pursuers had located him.  Then a voice spoke, “This man is our friend.”

              A second voice called out his name and said, “You think you are going to die, but we are going to take care of you.  Stick out your feet.”

           Ganogwioeo did as he was instructed and then felt someone licking his feet. When they were finished the first speaker said, “We must keep him warm, let us climb into the log and lie on either side of him.”

             Soon Ganagwioeo felt two warm bodies slip inside the log with him.

            When morning came he found himself alone inside the log and then heard a voice outside say, “Put out your feet.”  Immediately he obeyed and once more his feet were licked.  Once the licking stopped the speaker instructed him to head to a specific location where he would find something hidden under a large piece of bark.

            Ganagwioeo climbed out of the log and found himself alone.  But remembering the words of his protectors he followed their instructions and indeed came upon a place he knew.  He and his braves had come here several years earlier, while on the warpath and remembered they had left weapons hidden underneath a large piece of bark.  After a quick search he found the piece laying untouched, along with the weapons left behind.

              That night, he found another hollow tree and climbed in.  Within minutes he heard footsteps outside.  “Our friend his here.  Put out your feet.”

              He immediately obeyed and once more felt his feet being licked.  Afterwards, he was joined inside the hollow tree by two warm bodies.

             This pattern was repeated over the next several days, but never once did he see his protectors.  He always followed their instructions and found clothing, food, and coverings for his feet along the path they told him to follow.

           Finally, on the last night after laying inside another hollow tree he heard his saviors familiar footsteps.  Only this time they said, “Friend, tomorrow you will reach your home.  And now we will tell you why we healed and protected you. Whenever you went hunting and killed game, you have always given the best part of the animal to us, while taking the smallest for yourself, for which we are grateful.  In the morning you will see us and know who we are.”

          When sunrise came Ganagwioeo arose and saw two men, just as he expected.  Soon they took their leave of him and started off.  But Ganagwioeo wanted to see his friends for as long as possible and turned to look at them.  As soon as he did, he saw his friends change into a pair of wolves, one black, the other white.

            Smiling he thanked them once more and then headed home. For the rest of his days he always remembered the special bond he and his friends now shared.

 I hope this little snippet captures the imaginations and interest of you all.  Remember, “THE SHIP” is available for Nook, Kindle, Apple, Android phones, and Sony e-readers, as well as in PDF form for laptop or desktop computers.

Just click on the link below to read a sample of the book, or purchase a copy for just $2.99.  Paperback copies are also available through Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com.  Just type in my name and go from there.  Thanks again for staying with me and keep writing everyone.

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/433111

The Ship


Hi again everyone.  Yes I know it’s been a few weeks since the last entry but I’ve been busy.  Started hearing back from my Beta-Readers and began making corrections to the manuscript.  Long process some days, but very necessary.  There were issues that got past me and my main editor, which is why I wanted more pairs of eyes looking the book over.

This was something I did not do enough of on my first book “The Bridge”.  Luckily, people were so enamored by the story that it still earned a lot of 5 star ratings.  However, it could have gotten more if I’d taken the time like I have been with “The Ship”.

Anyway, I ran across a new issue as I finished making the adjustments to the manuscript.  These came in the form of ‘formatting’ issues.  When you submit your MS Word document to Createspace, Kindle, or Smashwords they all have slightly different formats they want you to follow.  Luckily, you can do Kindle through Createspace when you set up the print copies of your book.  Createspace will automatically ask if you’d like them to format your book into Kindle form and send it on to them, saving you an extra download.  Smashwords however has it’s own format that they want you to use, so you’ll probably wind up with at least 2-3 copies of your manuscript that you need to address.

Once you’ve got them ready and submitted, all three companies will inspect your files to make sure it meets their individual guidelines.  However, the fun does not stop there.  They are only making sure you have the right format submitted and will tell you when you’ve got it right.  And you’re done, right?  WRONG!

All three will insist you ‘preview’ how your book will look when they put it up for sale.  My advice to you is this… “LOOK OVER EVERY SINGLE PAGE IN ALL THREE CASES!!!”  Sorry to shout like that, but this is a big issue and can really make or break the reputation you are building for yourself as an author.  Sometimes, issues will appear that you will have no idea are there until it’s too late.

When I released “The Bridge” the formatting went to hell and a hand basket.  I did not take the proper time to see how things looked and wound up losing stars in the reviews.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Look over every page of your book to make sure the indentations are lining up just right.  Scan to make sure no paragraphs have suddenly been fused together.  Watch for unusual symbols or keystrokes that appear out of nowhere.

And if you find any in one version of your book, immediately check the other files you are submitting to the other e-book and print book publishers you are using.  I did that this time and found little errors being repeated because all three files came from the same original manuscript file.

Yes, this takes time and can be a pain in the ass I’ll be the first to admit it.  However, our goal as Indie Authors is to make our books look great.  People are paying money to read what we create and we owe it to our fans to put out the best product we can.  We don’t have big publishers and agents behind us to check things over and make corrections.  It’s all on us in the end.  And remember, you want to build a good reputation for yourself as an author.  Your book’s appearance reflects on you.

Take the time to make your work the best it can be.  Make it shine like a star so when the readers get their hands on it they don’t have any annoying distractions that might take them away from your words.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.


Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  After lining up my Beta-Readers, the allergy season kicked into unbelievably high gear and knocked the breath out of me literally!  What energies I’ve had have been dedicated to working on The Vampyre Blogs novel itself and formatting “THE SHIP” to be ready to go to Smashwords, Kindle and Createspace once I hear back from my beta-readers and make a few changes to the manuscript.

This brings me to today’s topic.  Formatting your book to go to press through these three outlets can be trying at times.  I’ve only had to go through it once so far and that was a little over a year ago when I published “THE BRIDGE”.  Luckily, I did remember a lot of what I learned back then for dealing with Kindle and Createspace.  Smashwords is taking a little more effort and I will address that topic in another entry very soon.

Today, I want to focus on a shortcut I’ve discovered that has made my formatting efforts for Createspace and Kindle go much faster and easier.  When you use Createspace you tell the system what size of paperback book you want to make.  In my case I’m partial to the 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback size.  I know my books are long to begin with and want the reader to get their money’s worth when they buy the paperback version of my work.

So, I told the system what I wanted and it gave me a template (HALLELUJAH!) to follow.  This template is blank and contains a number of things I’d never thought about before.  Things like:

1-A Title Page

2-Copyright Page

3-Acknowledgement Page

4-Dedication Page

5-Table of Contents

6-About the Author

All of these things are not always necessary for your book, but is advisable to protect your rights and to make things nicer for your readers.  And of course dedicating and saying thank you to those who had your back while you worked on your masterpiece.  But when you’re writing the story itself you don’t think about these things.  You’re focused on telling that story.  These things only come after you’re done.  But when you  are done, do you know how to create these pages?  How much spacing to use?  What order they go in?  Where on the page to put them so they look professional?

For me the answer was a big NO!  I hadn’t the first clue, so when I opted to download that template guess what was waiting for me, all set and ready to be filled in?  All of those little things.  But that was just the beginning.

How the paragraphs and my sentences lined up within the book itself was another issue.  Because each book is a different length, do you know how to line up your paragraphs on the pages so that none of the words get lost down where the binding meets?  How do you know that your paragraphs will line up on the opposite pages and look neat and professional?

I didn’t, but the template took care of that for me to.  The first time I did things I had to learn to redo my indentations and fix the paragraphs, adjust the margins etc. manually.  But this time I used the template and everything went much smoother this time.  To make life easier for myself in the future I SAVED the blank template as just that and then made a copy of it which I inserted “THE SHIP” into.

I then took the blank template and copied it again and started writing my third novel directly into it.  This way there will be no question about whether or not it will fit Createspace’s format guideline.  Plus, I get a sneak preview of what it’s going to look like in actual book form.

Another little benefit to using their templates is that Createspace does have an option that once your print-book form is ready to go, they can forward the file to Kindle and get in e-book format for you using the same template.  You can also submit to Kindle directly on your own through Amazon KDP, which is what I’m doing.  I only made a few changes such as removing the page numbers and headers found at the top of the pages since they don’t work on Kindle and just make a mess.

I’ve already pre-submitted what I’ve done and saw that indeed, in both cases, everything is lining up neatly.  I discovered after the fact that “THE BRIDGE” was messed up as far as paragraphs not lining up in the Kindle format.  I’ve taken it down for now and am making changes to correct that issue and will put it back up on Kindle just before “THE SHIP” comes out.

I’m really finding using Createspace’s template a real time saver and a good reminder of little details that need to be addressed when you’re going the Indie Publishing route.  I strongly advise others to check out their templates and use them.  They may save you a lot of time and frustration down the road.

I’ll keep you posted on how things go when I actually submit everything for final review.  And as promised, I will do a post about Smashwords guidelines and any templates I can locate.  Each system is a little different, you CANNOT use the Createspace or Kindle templates for Smashwords.  So stay tuned and until next time, keep writing.

2nd Drafts, How I Handle Them…


As of today I’m already a third of the way through the 2nd draft of “The Ship”.  Progress has been good and I’ve been pleased with how things are going.  There will probably be a 3rd draft as well.  What happens after that?  Well, that’s a tale for another entry.

Today I wish to discuss how I deal with a 2nd drafts.  I handle 3rd and 4th drafts the same way, so don’t expect any blog entries on those.  It’s the same process all over again to try catch whatever I missed on the previous draft.

Like many authors, I’ve been learning a lot of things on my own.  There’s no exact set of rules for how to do  write and create a book, though many people have tried to explain it.  Every author is going to handle things differently, whether its how they create a story (with an outline, flying by the seat of your pants, etc.) to editing, proofreading, whatever.  Different things work for different people.

In my case how I handle dealing with 2nd drafts is pretty straightforward.  After I complete the first draft on my computer and save it.  I will then save it again using the “Save As” function and labeling it differently.  In this case “The Ship 2nd Draft”.  From there I will begin going over the entire story, page by page.  I already know what the current word count is (139,806 in this case).  I know this is one of the things I want to change about the book.  I also want to keep track of the pacing of the story, as well as watch out for ideas or concepts being repeated unnecessarily.

I proceed to go over the story line by line.  As I go along I try to keep an eye out for excess verbage such as “he/she said” because it’s usually pretty easy to tell who was speaking.  Another thing I watch out for are sentences beginning with “now” or “but”.  Sometimes I’ll use them unnecessarily, and also, if used too often they can be a little jarring to the eyes of the reader.

Another thing I’ll be looking for as I go along is how well I phrased certain ideas.  Does it read smoothly or is there something not quite right.  I may rewrite a paragraph or line and make it more easy to understand and pleasing to the eye.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ll also be keeping an eye out for plot points or ideas being repeated in two or more areas of the novel.  I don’t know about you, but I spend weeks or even months writing a novel.  So I sometimes I forget what I wrote a few weeks back and wind up repeating myself later in the story.  This happened a lot in my first novel “The Bridge”.  However, I seem to have gotten better about it, because I haven’t been finding that happening as often in “The Ship”.

Finally, one other thing I’ll do as I go along is see if every scene, or even characters, are really relevant to the story.  I have removed characters, or even entire scenes, more than once from my stories.  I’ll do this because either the character or subplot is not really needed, or they feel really out of place and don’t belong in this particular story.

I’ve also removed lengthy scenes and simplified them because I plan on using the much longer version as the basis for a follow up short story, or another novel entirely.  Certain references that appear in “The Ship” will be expanded upon in a collection of short stories I’m planning on doing down the road.

So that’s an overview of how I handle 2nd, 3rd and 4th drafts.  All of these things help to cut down the word count as well as allow me to tighten the story up and improve the overall piece.  Mind you, I still plan on getting the book edited by others.  I’m just particular about getting the entire story down and told in a certain way before I let anyone else even get a glimpse of it.

As I said at the beginning, how I handle drafts and rewrites may not be the same as other people.  What’s your way of dealing with 2nd drafts and rewrites?  Enquiring writing minds would like to know, so please share your thoughts in the comments section below, this way we can all benefit and learn from each other.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.


     Yesterday I finished the 1st draft of my second novel “The Ship”.  The word count came in at 139, 345.  A bit high I admit, but a damn sight better than what my first novel “The Bridge” came in at.  That sucker wound up in 195,000 words.  Man did that puppy need some serious editing and rewriting.  I finally got it down to 102,000 words before I finally released it.  Yeah, I practically took a chainsaw to that sucker.

      So what’s my next step?
      First up is PROOFREADING!  I’ve been lucky enough to have a trusted beta-reader who has been checking my spelling, punctuation, etc. the entire time that I’ve been writing “The Ship”.  I kept all the corrected pages she sent back and am going through them and making the corrections already.   So far, 166 of the 525 pages have been fixed on that front.  It’s been going pretty fast, but she told me a while back that she was finding a lot fewer mistakes in my writing this time around and that my style had matured.  I was very glad to hear this.  I have been trying very hard to do a better job this time around, so it’s good to hear my efforts are showing.
 After the proofreading, I intend to start a second draft.  How will this be different than the proofreading? Simple, once the grammatical errors are fixed I can re-read the story myself and start looking for unnecessary repetition of ideas/concepts, simplifying concepts, expanding on thoughts where it might help the reader, eliminating scenes or characters who do not really make a serious impact on the plot, etc.
      When I write a first draft, it’s simply to get the entire story told.  Only then can I go back and look at it from a reader’s perspective and see if it’s all making sense.  I’ll also study the pacing, the details, are the characters actions logical and  if not is there a reason, etc.  Automatically, a lot of the repairs and adjustments I make will start cutting down the word count.
      After I’ve completed the 2nd draft, I may unleash it on a few ‘trustworthy’ beta-readers to get their impressions.and feedback.  From there a 3rd draft will be made incorporating some, but not necessarily all, their ideas. Why won’t I use all of it, because I’m already plotting the next story in the series.  Some of what they talk about, might be things needed to help set the stage for the next book.  They will have no idea of this, but I do and I’m not sharing that info just yet.  I don’t want to spoil the next book in the series for them.
     As you can see, finishing a first draft is a huge accomplishment, but the work is just beginning.  There’s so much more to be done, before I release the book in its final form to the public.  There is a lot to think about in creating your novel.  NEVER publish your first draft and say “It’s perfect as it is!”  You will regret it.  Take the time to go over it and have others add their input.  But choose those editors, beta-readers, and proofreaders carefully.  You could wind up with a bunch of “Yes-Men” who offer only praise and no solid advice.
     Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have more proofreading to do.  Until next time… keep writing.

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