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How about one or even two trade paperbacks signed and personalized by the author?

 

That’s right, you can get signed and personalized copies of books one and two in my 5-Star “Para-Earth” series for just $10.00 each, plus $5.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. (For overseas shipping will be more of course, and will depend on the destination).

*I accept Paypal, checks, or money orders*

Just tell me which title(s) you want and if they’re to be signed and personalized. (Some people prefer just signed, which is why I ask).

You can contact me by leaving a message below or by e-mailing me at:

allan.krummenacker@gmail.com

Please note: Normal mailing time is 5-9 days, so order soon to get it in time for Christmas. If there’s a rush, let me know and the shipping price will be adjusted accordingly.  Also, with the holiday approaching the sooner you order the better, so I can get it to you in time.  Or if you like, I can mail the book(s) fully gift-wrapped to the recipient if you wish.

You can take a sneak peak inside both “The Bridge” and “The Ship” at:

http://www.amazon.com/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1417970696&sr=8-1

Just click on each title and you can read the first 20 pages for free.

Hoping you’re all enjoying the holiday season, take care and keep writing.


Happy Halloween

*HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!  I decided to give you all a treat by sharing a snippet from my upcoming novel “The Vampyre Blogs”, which will be coming out this Christmas. 

 I was careful to choose this particular entry since it involves all three of my main characters dealing with a the scene is one most of us can relate to.  Here we have Marisa a seventeen year old young lady being comforted my vampyre Nathaniel and his goddaughter Lisa.  Marisa (who has no idea what Nathaniel really is) has an intense dislike for vampires even though they don’t really exist according to her.  She hates movies, books and television shows about them because in her mind they have come to embody cancer (which her father is struggling against) in a human form.  

The scene takes place inside an old four story building Nathaniel owns.  He keeps a dance club downstairs, while on the top floor he has an art studio where he likes to paint at night.  Marisa has just had a run in with another girl and is been being comforted by Nathaniel and her best friend Lisa (who is also Nathaniel’s goddaughter).  As you might expect, Lisa knows all about him, including how to keep his secret.  

The three are up in the studio where Nathaniel has been showing the two of them some of his paintings, which include several images of a young woman of Romani descent.  He’s just finished explaining she was his wife and that she died in his arms after being abducted, a few years ago.  

This book IS part of my Para-Earth Series, but does not involve any of my earlier characters.  However, this doesn’t mean they won’t meet down the road…mwahahah.  Also, this is my first attempt to introduce a character from this world who went into one of the Para-Earths and came back… alive, but changed.

So without further ado, here are Marisa, Lisa and Nathaniel.  Happy Halloween my friends.*

MARISA’S MUSINGS – October 7th, 2012

It’s been such a strange day, especially this evening.  I still don’t know what think at the moment.

Waking up and finding Dad was still at home sitting in front of the TV just like in my dreams, gave me a start.  Especially when I saw he looked a little greyish, but then Mom opened the curtains and I saw he was just tired.  I literally blew a sigh of relief, but it still set me on edge for the rest of the day.

Unfortunately, most of my classes were on the quiet and boring side today, which meant I kept worrying about my dad.

Thank God Lisa was in all of them with me.  I don’t know what I would’ve done without her around trying to distract me.  But I still couldn’t get that damn dream out of my head.  It had felt so real.  Then, just as we arrived at The Crypt, I started wondering if it had actually been some kind of warning. The idea it might be really put me on edge.

Unfortunately, that’s when Dianne showed up and started in with me, as usual.  Normally I can ignore her comments, but tonight, I just couldn’t.  God I feel so bad about what happened.  Poor Lisa got caught up in things and could’ve wound up getting hurt if Nathaniel hadn’t stepped in when he did.

I still feel bad about blowing up at him the way I did at the time.  But that’s not the only thing that’s bothering me about him.  After tonight, I can’t look at him the same way I used to.

Finding out he was once married and that his wife pass away in his arms, really hit me hard.  I guess that’s why I kissed him the way I did.  I just wanted to wipe away the pain I knew he was experiencing at that moment, along with my own.  I didn’t tongue him or anything, but for a second I nearly did.  Something about him that made me feel so alive that I didn’t want it to stop.  But I remembered Lisa was with us and I know she has a crush on him.  So I backed off.  But a part of me wanted to go right back to kissing him.   I don’t think I’ve ever wanted someone so bad in all my life.

And truth be told, I still want him.  But I’m also a little leery of him, because of because of what happened next.

I excused myself and started to fix my make-up.  After all that crying I’d done earlier, I knew I must look like hell.

Nathaniel was kind enough to walk away and give me my space, while Lisa checked on me quick before she went over to join him at the window.  As I heard the two of them talking quietly, I stole a glance over my shoulder.  Lisa was hanging onto him in a playful way, and I started to get jealous for a moment.

Quickly, I shook my head and pulled out my compact so I could use the mirror as I fixed my make-up.  Surprisingly, I didn’t look too bad and was able to make myself presentable rather quickly.

Then I decided to use the mirror to take another at Lisa and Nathaniel to see what they were up to.  And that’s when it happened.  I could see Lisa still acting if she were draped all over Nathaniel, only he wasn’t there.

I blinked and stared at the mirror again, but the image had not changed.  From the way Lisa was positioned, I knew she had to be hanging onto someone, because there was no way she could keep her balance in that pose.  But there was no one there.

Carefully I took another look over my shoulder and saw the two of them just as I had before.  Then I looked back at my mirror and saw only Lisa holding on to empty air.  I let out a little gasp and dropped everything, including the compact which shattered on impact.

Immediately, Lisa came rushing over to see what was wrong and quickly helped me gather everything.  Nathaniel on the other had stayed by the window.  He seemed to be in deep thought.

Naturally, I didn’t tell either of them what I saw, or rather what I didn’t see.  Instead, after Lisa helped me get all my make-up back in the purse, I told them I felt like going back down to the dance floor.   I’d remembered there were huge mirrors on the walls down there and wanted to see what would happen when we got down there.

To my amazement and relief, I saw all three of our reflections in every one of them.  At that point I was fully ready to believe my eyes had simply played a trick on me.

But now my mind has gone back to the day in my Aunt Betsy’s office when I first met Nathaniel.  She had brought in those beautiful fresh cut flowers.  But after he went near them to get his coat and hat,  we’d found them black and withered.

Is he what I think he is?  I’ve seen enough movies to know all the signs.   Yet, I saw his reflection in the mirrors of the club.  Plus he has a bunch of mirrors in his home which I’ve seen him use.

No, I think I’ve just been stressing out too much lately.  There’s no such thing as vampires.  Right?

Trick or treat


****HOLIDAY SPECIAL****

 

From now until Christmas Day

 

 

The e-book version of Book 1 in my Para-Earth Series is available for all e-reader formats at Amazon and Smashwords for just $0.99 CENTS!  Within these pages you’ll ecnounter psychics, spirits and an old stone bridge with a terrifying secret.  Mystery, the paranormal and a sci-fi twist similiar to the old Twilight Zone series await you.

 

You can find a number of 4 and 5 star reviews can be found at both Amazon and Smashwords as well as get a sneak peak at the first few pages.  so take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the characters before book 2 comes out in February 2014.

 

For the Kindle version click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Para-Earth-Allan-Krummenacker-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1385995458

 

For Nook, Apple, Sony, PDF file, and all other e-readers click on this link to Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613

The Bridge Book Cover Blurb (2)


Here is the 3rd and last installment of our adventures at this magical and wondrous house. I hope you all have enjoyed seeing these wonders. A Merry Christmas to you all, and a Happy New Year too.


Here is the 2nd installment of the house we visited that is so full of lights and wonder. I swear, being able to walk among all those decorations was like being in a Winter Wonderland. The only thing missing was snow.


Here’s part 1 of 3 videos about this one incredible house that is so incredibly decked out for Christmas. For me, it’s like a holiday wonderland and I wanted to share it with you. I broke the video up into 3 parts because the entire thing is almost 20 minutes long. I hope you enjoy it, part 2 will be up tomorrow and then part 3 the day after. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Decision Time…


Sorry for the long silence, been busy with college and also doing a major re-write and edit of novel #1.  I’ve been using the critique I was given as a guide.  I didn’t take every idea on board because I was afraid of losing some of my vision, but I have used a majority of the suggestions.  As a result the story seems much tighter, even more coherent, and overall stronger.  I’m already over a third of the way done with it.  But what to do after that?  I was advised by one friend who’s already published that I go the e-book route AND query as well. I feel comfortable with this idea since I don’t have a track record behind me to show any prospective agents whether or not my writing has an audience.

So I’d like to hear from all of you as to whether you’d like to see “THE BRIDGE” come to life in e-book form?  And if yes, would you like to see it come out in time for Christmas?

I want to say thanks in advance for your help and advice.  I know I have a lot of people pulling for me and I do listen and think about all the advice I’m given.  Take care everyone and looking forward to hearing back.

Ah the Holidays….


Well gang, college is finished for now.  Got straight all A’s in my classes and preserved my 4.o GPA.  I even got back to work on novel #2 yesterday, not a lot, but still over 900 words helps.  I got past a major writer’s block on one scene and have gotten past it, FINALLY!  I was joking with my wife yesterday in the hot-tub of our apartment complex telling her I’d gotten back to writing.  She pointed out, I’d done plenty of writing for the last few months… term paper, presentation, term paper, essay, essay, term paper, essay, essay… etc.  I had to agree she had a point and then some.

Now we’re getting the last of our Christmas wrapping and baking done in order to up to go to Stockton for Christmas.  Her folks will be there and my Mom, who I haven’t seen in a year (SIGH).  We will be coming home on Tuesday, then cleaning up here for some friends to come stay for the New Year’s Weekend with us.  Yes, ’tis a busy time of year, but I am still getting some writing done.  After the New Year’s weekend I’ll hopefully get some serious down time to write.  My only concern is that I’ve got to call in for Jury Duty up in San Jose starting on January 8th.  Hopefully they won’t need me or they’ll call me in for one day and that will be the end of it.  It’s a 45 minute drive to San Jose from where I am depending on the traffic.

And maybe I’ll hear something back on my manuscript back in New York before I college starts up in February again.  I was hoping for a nice Christmas notice on that front but I don’t think it will happen this time.  Oh well.

Take care for now everyone and HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, A HAPPY HANUKKAH, A MAGICAL SOLSTICE, A SUPER SATURNALIA, A GREAT KWANZAA, and finally A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR EVERYONE!  I hope I covered everything.


It Was Supposed To Be A Still-Life...

I call this piece, “IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A STILL LIFE”,  I couldn’t help myself with this one.   She looked so cute messing about under the tree.  This was my Dad’s cat Spikette.  The pose was based on my own cat Avalon, the beautiful black cat you see as my photo.  Both cats and my Dad are gone, so I’m really glad I did this piece.   It makes me think of all of them.  I’ve worked with Charcoal and Soft Pastel for years and this of course is done in the pastels.  I hope you enjoy this.

I’ve finished with my final exams…YAY!  But I’m also fighting a massive cold (yes I was fighting it while taking the exams as well…wheeeeeeee).  But now I have more time to rest and try and get over it.  In the meantime, I hope to be getting back to my writing and posting more sections here shortly.  Thanks for all your patience and I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season.

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