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Happy New Year 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

If you’re reading this I’ll take it that you survived 2014 and are a glutton for punishment because you’re still reading what I have to say here.  Bless your hearts.

With that said, I’m going to try and start the year off on a good note here by posting the opening section of “The Door”, which will be the third book in my Para-Earth Series.  This time Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie are back together to face threats old and new.

The white-haired man known only as Z has returned, along with the fragment of the creature our heroes helped destroy in “The Bridge”.  For those who read book 2 “The Ship” we saw Z and his companion help protect Cassandra from the threat that arose from the deeps, but it wasn’t out of kindness.  He has plans of his own for her and now they’re about to bear fruit.

But the girl is guarded by her friends Alex and Veronica, as well as her lover Julie.  Plus of course there’s the ghostly Brandon who has watched over the girl since the day she was born.  However, Z has allies of his own.  Betrayal and danger await from the most unexpected quarters.

With all that said, allow me to post the first preliminary sketch for the cover, along with the opening sequence of “The Door”.  I hope you enjoy, but remember one thing, ‘You enter at your own risk…’

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THE DOOR

by

Allan Krummenacker

(Copyright 2015)

The door stood in a hillside near an open field.  Grass and weeds had long ago swallowed the stonework that surrounded it, leaving just the portal itself visible.   The dark wood looked strange and sinister.  In the grain one could almost see contorted faces crying out for release.

Few people came here, if ever.  But now tall figure appeared with a long cape of jet black approached.  He had long white hair and wore a black frock coat.  He strode up to the door and halted.  After studying the vegetation around the edges, his eyes fixed on the portal itself.  A smile slowly crept over his hawkish features as he turned away.

Strolling along the slope he continued to study the plants along the way.  The changes he’d noticed around the doorway were getting more prominent the further he moved away from the portal.  Eventually he reached one section where the flora had become almost sinister in appearance.  “Oh yes,” he whispered and listened closely to the silence that seemed to have settled in this area.

Suddenly, his cape began to billow and flap even though there was no wind.

The man stiffened and leapt some fifty feet straight up.  The folds of his cloak spreading like gigantic bat wings as he descended onto a thick branch of a neighboring tree.  Landing with the grace of an eagle, he bent his head and stared downwards.

Smoke-like hands had shot out of hillside itself, reaching and grasping at the space he’d just vacated.  With growing satisfaction he watched the ghostly appendages waved about in an almost pitiful manner, knowing their quarry had eluded them yet again.  Finally, they slowly sank back into the dried leaves that covered the ground, and disappeared from sight.

Stepping off the branch he landed nimbly and proceeded to move away just in case the offending appendages tried to make another attempt to accost him.  But nothing happened, much to his delight.

His cape fluttered briefly in the still air.

“Yes, they have become much weaker,” he murmured as if answering a question only he could hear.  “We’ll start keeping closer tabs on the girl.”

Once more the black fabric moved of its own accord as if in response.

“Yes, keeping watch over her would be difficult for us.  The son of Jerome has been watching her more closely than ever after that business on the other side of the continent.   But I have other allies who will keep us apprised of her movements,” he told his garment.  “They are already in position as a matter of fact.  Thanks to them I know Cassandra is in Connecticut right now, visiting the very friends who helped kill your parent.”

This time the ebony shroud did not move.

He was not surprised.  The being was primitive in many ways.  Loyalty to its progenitor was not part of the creature’s nature.  Then again, it wasn’t his either.  After all he did share a lineage with his intended target.  He’d even orchestrated her birth, but only to make sure the bloodline was as close and true to that of the original ‘key’.


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

My First Newspaper Review!


Here is the first newspaper review of one of my novels.  I tried getting my first novel “The Bridge” reviewed, but never seemed to have much luck.  I think the fact that “The Ship” was set in Santa Cruz and featured a local landmark The S. S. Palo Alto, aka “The Concrete Boat”, really helped.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a shot of the S. S. Palo Alto…

 


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:

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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”…

 

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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


*****EARLY RELEASE… “THE SHIP” HAS ARRIVED, ON KINDLE, NOOK, APPLE, SONY AND OTHER E-READERS****

Yes, I know I’d said it would be coming out next week, but an unexpected expense in the form of summer tuition for my wife’s teacher credential education forced me hand. The book is here so come and grab your copy now folks for just $2.99

For the KINDLE edition click on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Ship-Every-navigator-Para-Earth-ebook/dp/B00K3A7XG6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400171116&sr=8-2&keywords=allan+krummenac

For a NOOK, APPLE, SONY, OR PDF (for laptops or desktop computers) click on the Smashwords link here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/433111

SIGNED PRINT COPIES will be available next week so keep watching here for more details.

Happy reading everyone and thanks for your friendships and support.


“THE SHIP” Will Come In To Dock On May 23rd…

 

That’s right gang.  The second installment of the Para-Earth Series is coming to an e-reader near you very soon.  

“THE SHIP” takes place during the month-long interlude mentioned in the Epilogue of “THE BRIDGE”.  If you haven’t read that book, no worries.  “THE SHIP” is a novel that stands on its own.  Enough references are made to the previous story to bring you up to date without recapping the entire first book, while at the same time adding to the new story.

Within these pages you’ll meet Cassandra Elliott, billionaire heiress to a hotel and shipping empire, and her new love interest Julie Cloudfoot a Seneca shamaness.  The two have come to the shores of Santa Cruz to bring the ashes of Julie’s uncle to his children who live out here.  While paying their respects, Cassie and Julie are also trying to learn more about one another.  Their romance is still in its fledgling stage and both are eager to see whether or not they can make it as a couple.

However, unknown to both, danger is closing in from two directions.  One is a mysterious white-haired man who seems to appear and disappear at will.  He has been stalking Cassandra for the past year and has definite plans for her psychic abilities.  But before he can act a new threat arises from the sea.  One with connections to both Cassie and Julie’s ancestors.  A ghostly vessel that marks Cassandra for its next target…

“THE SHIP” will be available for Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony and other e-readers.  It will also be available in PDF form for laptop and desktop computers, as well as in print in Trade Paperback form.  So mark the date May 23rd, to get the second installment of the Para-Earth Series.  

THE SHIP - COVER Final


THE SHIP - COVER Final

That’s right I’m looking for 6-8 Beta-Readers to scope out book 2 “The Ship”. Now please read this entire entry carefully before volunteering.
1-The book will be ready in MS Word or PDF for your perusal
2-I need you to be able to finish reading it and get back to me with your comments, concerns, and hopefully some praise by April 30th of this year
3-I’m looking for honest feedback on the story itself (good, bad, holds your interest or not)
4-Overall grammar and punctuation, does it read well.
5-You will each receive an e-book or a signed paperback of the final product as an extra thank you as well as being thanked in the Acknowledgement page of the book itself.

The reason for the April 30th deadline is so I will have most of May to make whatever adjustments I need to in order to release the book by the Memorial Day weekend, where I will be attending Baycon (a sci-fi, horror, fantasy convention) as a guest panelist. I want to unveil the book there and hopefully make a bunch of sales on the spot.

Thanks. Remember I’m only planning on 6-8 people, if I don’t choose you don’t be offended. I can only go over so many comments and keep track of so many folks. Thanks so much everyone.


     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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