Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Gay Halloween Giveaway! 14-29 of October!!!




Aaaaand another giveaway! This time focussing on a slightly different aspect of my writing. All the stories have gay main characters though the genres are all "dark" ranging from paranormal erotica to horror and other halloween-y types of books.

Please don't enter when you're not 18 yet, quite a few of these titles are steamy (as you can guess from the covers).

Check out (or don't check out) all the titles below and then enter in the widget! When you follow a twitter profile or like a facebook page you get 2 lots into the draw and each time you tweet about the giveaway you get 1 lot in the draw per day.
Not bad for one of the 55 copies in this giveaway, right?


Disturbed Fate by Kia Zi Shiru Disturbed Connections by Kia Zi Shiru Pacifier 6; The Shadows Within by G. Wakeling Birth Rite by X. Aratare The Bodyguard (Book1 of The Artifact) by X. Aratare Bisexual Werewolf Dominance by Jen Harker Gay Vampire Cumslut by Jen Harker Sunday's Child by Lex Valentine Pricolici by Alicia Nordwell Supernature: Paranormal Stories From The Wittegen Press Giveaway Games by Sophie Duncan and Natasha Duncan-Drake The Need In Me by Sophie Duncan An Amusement (The Vampire's Concubine #1) by Sophie Duncan The End of The Journey (The Hidden War #1) by Sophie Duncan Forgotten Soul (The Soul Reader #1) by Tasha D-Drake Forbidden Soul (The Soul Reader #2) by Tasha D-Drake Fortunate Soul (The Soul Reader #3) by Tasha D-Drake Chip Off the Old Block? by Tasha D-Drake The Trade by Tasha D-Drake Out of the Frying Pan by Tasha D-Drake Face of the Dead by Tasha D-Drake My Fair Vampire by S. L. Danielson and Julie Lynn Hayes The Cross and the Black 1 by Luwa Wande The Cross and the Black 2 by Luwa Wande

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Thanks so much for participating!

Read on!

Kia

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Large NA/Romance giveaway! Oct 1-21

Sign up for a large Na and Romance giveaway NOW!!!

I'm part of a really cool NA and Romance giveaway this month!
Check it out, 22 different books and you can win one (or more) of these!
You can click on the images to read about all the different books and then sign up for the giveaway in the Raflcopter below. (please, 18+ only as these books can be steamy, which should be pretty obvious by some of the covers)
Enflamed - Clarissa Wild Doing it - Clarissa wild Forever Innocent - Deanna Roy INK: Fine Lines - Bella Roccaforte Ruined - Rachel Hanna Azure - Chrystalla Thoma Shadows of Asphodel - Karen Kincy Disturbed Fate - Kia Zi Shiru Rae's Secrets(Boxed set) - Blair Babylon Jade - Olivia Rigal Cabernet Zin - J. Gordon Smith One Night Burns - J. Gordon Smith Blind Dating - Kerry Taylor Bittersweet Junction - Ivy Sinclair Where my heart breaks - Ivy Sinclair Dazzled by silver - Lacey Silks Love Handles - Gretchen Galway The Supermodel's best friend - Gretchen Galway The Sorority Pledge Collection - Daizie Draper Mad for You - Anna Antonia Random Acts of Cray - Julia Kent Kiss The Tiger - Raquel Lyon


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Good luck everybody!!!

Read on!

Kia


Giveaway disclaimer:
Giveaway ends October 22nd at 11:59 PM EST. Open internationally. Warning: content possibly not suitable for minors under the age of 17. Prizes will be sent electronically via mail. Winner will be selected on 10/23/2013 by Random.org and be notified by email. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. 

Monday, 12 August 2013

Disturbed Connections, gay paranormal romance

Gay Paranormal Romance 


A werewolf and a vampire, forbidden love. What could go wrong?

CHRIS, a werewolf on the run from his abusive clan, hides in a vampire house. ALEC, a vampire who has comfortably lived in the house for years, has no intentions to ever leave it.
Their connection is obvious from the first time they meet. But the house rules are strict, werewolves and vampires can not date. Unable to fight their attraction and unwilling to leave, they instead choose to hide their love.
Then Chris’ old clan finds him and takes him back.

Will Alec ever see Chris again?

Vampires and werewolves, a lot of growling and hot scenes, who doesn't love that? This second book in the Otherkin Spirit series is a stand-alone novel with two new awesome characters.
Chris is a sexy long blond haired werewolf who loves to listen to metal music. Alec is a bulky but timid vampire who spends most of his days training for kickbox tournaments. Until, of course, they meet.

You can grab your copy of the book in most online stores and a print edition will be out soon. For your ease, here are some of the links:

Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.ca

All Romance eBooks
Smashwords
Kobo

goodreads

Book Page

Monday, 5 August 2013

Disturbed Connections, blurbs

So, I've been trying to come up with a good blurb for this story for a while and coming close to release I'm trying to decide on one of them.

Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance

Here is the end version of the blurb:


A werewolf and a vampire, forbidden love. What could go wrong?

CHRIS, a werewolf on the run from his abusive clan, hides in a vampire house. ALEC, a vampire who has comfortably lived in the house for years, has no intentions to ever leave it.

Their connection is obvious from the first time they meet. But the house rules are strict, werewolves and vampires can not date. Unable to fight their attraction and unwilling to leave, they instead choose to hide their love.

Then Chris’ old clan finds him and takes him back. Will Alec ever see Chris again?




Here are the choices:


1.
CHRIS is on the run from his lycan clan. His best friend Travis offers him a solution, move into his vampire coven house, the clan would never think to look there. In the coven house he meets Alec, an irresistible kickboxing fanatic.
ALEC has been pining after Travis, the guy across the hall, for the last four years until Travis suddenly moves out of the coven house with his new boyfriend. Alec then meets the new occupant, Chris; a tall, long haired and sexy software developer.
But luck is not on their side, Chris is a lycan and Alec a vampire. Both clan and coven rules are against them ever dating and then there is Travis who can’t seem to accept the friendship between the two men.

Then Chris is kidnapped and Alec, Travis and everyone they know need to work together to get him back.

2.


A lycan and a vampire, forbidden love, what could go wrong?

CHRIS, a lycan on the run from his old clan, hides in a vampire coven house. ALEC, a vampire who has comfortably lived in the coven house for years, has no intentions to ever leave it.

Their connection is obvious from the first time they meet. But clan and coven rules are strict, lycans and vampires can not date. Unable to fight their attraction they instead choose to hide it, acting like they are simply friends.
One misstep exposes their relationship to Travis, their best friend, who, jealous at their happiness, tries to pull them apart.

And then Chris’ old clan find him and take him back.


3.


CHRIS is on the run from his abusive lycan clan. His best friend Travis offers him a temporary solution: hide in the vampire coven house, where they won’t think to look for him, until he finds a better place. Chris jumps at this opportunity but it puts him in a weird situation, right across the hall from a guy he has had a crush on for years.

ALEC has an easy life: his best friend Travis lives across the hall, he loves kickboxing and is good at it too, and in his spare time he makes incense for local esoteric shops. Then Travis moves out to live with his boyfriend and a new guy moves in. He knows that the coven rules forbid Chris living there but from the moment they meet he can’t seem to get him out of his head, let alone kick him out of the house.

It’s a forbidden love, they know that, but they can’t let go. Until the clan finds Chris and take him back.
Will Alec ever see him again?


 I'm not good with blurbs, so these are my tries. Any preferences?

Thursday, 4 July 2013

[cover reveal] Disturbed Fate (Otherkin Spirits #1) - Kia Zi Shiru



Here it is! The cover for Disturbed Fate!
Marc, a small pet shop owner and seer, needs help with his store, but his new employee, Galen, brings with him more trouble than expected. Marc tries to keep their relationship professional even if Galen seems insistent on taking it to the next level. And then there is the problem of Galen’s past.
Keiran, a hard working medical student and Marc’s best friend, has a small problem, a stalker. One night he confronts the guy and finds in his stalker vampire, Devlan, is too alluring to turn down. But Devlan isn’t who he seems to be.
When the four men meet up for a night out their lives fall apart. Marc’s premonitions are wrong and everything points towards one autumn night a couple of years ago. Now they need to figure out what happened that night, before someone dies, again.
Time is running out. The visions might be false, but they don’t paint a pretty picture, not about their futures and, especially, not about their pasts. They need to reverse the change before it is too late.
You can add the book to your TBR list on Goodreads! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18143049-disturbed-fate

I'm looking forward to sharing this story with you all! I've had a lot of fun writing it and I'm hoping you'll have as much fun reading it!
The blog tour that goes with this release will start on the 10th of July.

Cheers!

Kia

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Smashwords sale, more info on my other blog!

Before I forget to mention this, I'm keeping a list of authors I know who are part of the Smashwords Sale this month.

Check out the free and/or cheap ebooks here: http://kiasreading.blogspot.nl/2013/07/smashwords-sumerwinter-promotion-2013-1.html

Write on!

Kia

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Blog tours, looking for hosts. Otherkin Spirits book 1 and 2. Distubed Fate: 10-23 July & Disturbed Connections: 14-27 August

I'm back with another release, two actually. Otherkin Spirits, my new series is split up in two sets of releases. This year the Disturbed half of the series will come out. Disturbed Fate and Disturbed Connections, next year the other two books (the Tranquil half) will be released, also during the summer.

Otherkin Spirits is a series of New Adult gay books of different genres but all in the same Urban Fantasy setting.
The first book, Disturbed Fate, is about a seer and what happens when they find out that fate has changed, especially when that realisation brings forth a new problem, if the fate stays changed people will die. Disturbed Fate is about how four young men try to figure out when that fate changed and how to solve it, before they will lose someone else. The story is a traditional/normal Urban Fantasy and Paranormal crossover with a very light touch of romance.
The second book, Disturbed Connections, is about two young men, divided by who they are, one a lycan, the other a psychic vampire. The question is, how can a lycan, on the run from his clan, and a psychic vampire, who because of his "problem" was never able to live a normal life, make their forbidden relationship work? The story is build on a traditional romance outline but set in the same world as Disturbed Fate.

So, what am I looking for?
I'm looking for blogs where I can do blog posts, interviews, other interesting things.

When am I looking for them?
In two time periods, for Disturbed Fate I'm looking for places for 10-23rd of July and for Disturbed Connections I'm looking for places for 14-27th of August.

What will I provide?
Anything for the post, that goes from an image of the cover of the book, to an excerpt of the book to author info.
I can even provide review copies, though that might be short notice for some people.

How can you help out?
If you want to be part of this tour, send me an email with 3 things:
- the name of your blog and the url of it
- the date you would like to host for the tour (check at the end of the post for the dates that are still available)
- the type of post you would like to do, this can be: "base post" (this is the cover, the blurb, an excerpt, author info and buy links), a post on a topic related to my series or your blog (please also email me what you would like me to write about), an interview (with me or one of my characters) or anything else you can come up with.

Here is a list of my old blog tours, so you can see what kind of things I've done before: http://www.5timeschaos.com/blogtours
Don't worry if you've got a similar idea as that I've written about before, the two book series are vastly different so the posts will be too.


If you're interested email me at kia@5timeschaos.com

Cheers!

Kia



Dates:

Disturbed Fate
10 July (Wed) TAKEN
11 July (Thur) TAKEN
12 July (Fri) TAKEN
13 July (Sat)  TAKEN
14 July (Sun) TAKEN
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18 July (Thur) TAKEN
19 July (Fri) TAKEN
20 July (Sat) TAKEN
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23 July (Tues) TAKEN

Disturbed Connections
14 August (Wed) TAKEN
15 August (Thurs) TAKEN
16 August (Fri) TAKEN
17 August (Sat) TAKEN
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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Best tool I ever bought for my writing, a mouse.

Makes a lot of sense, right? The best thing I ever bought for my writing was not a book, or a keyboard, or a pen, or anything like that, it was a mouse. A Razer Naga Hex (in green to be precise).
Here is what it looks like:

Does it make sense yet why this is the best thing ever? Of course, it fits nicely in my hand, the buttons are responsive and I can change the DPI of it. Sure, those are good things to have when you play videogames and that is why I originally bought it. My boyfriend bought me a copy of Diablo III and you can't play that on a touchpad (I know because I tried on the trial, I can play about anything on my touchpad but not DIII).

So, what is Razer and what is special about this mouse? Razer is a company that makes gaming products, they are one of the best brands to buy from when you're a gamer. They make keyboards, mice, headsets and even laptops.
The Naga Hex is the little brother of the Naga, which is their mouse with the most buttons on the side, 12 to be precise. Which, to me, is overkill. Until I saw this one, it had just released and I immediately took it with me. Originally for Diablo III and other videogames, I barely ever use the macro buttons on the side for that though.


Those 6 buttons on the side (and the two in the middle on the top) are macro buttons. You can attach certain actions to them. In gaming most people usually put attacks and other things to them so that they need to use less buttons on the keyboard.
But that is not where I found it to be the most useful for, I was so used to gaming on a laptop with touchpad that I had gotten used to things on that, I found it to be the most useful for my writing.

Yes, a gaming mouse is the most useful thing I ever got for my writing.
Not for the initial writing of my works but for editing and later formatting.

When I get my work back from my editor I need to accept her changes, or decline them, and there are notes and other things going on. The first time I did this I used right click and then "accept change" for each and every thing. That is two clicks, if you didn't miss click the change you want to accept. It's annoying because sometimes it's only punctuation and it just takes a lot of clicking and tires out your hands and wrists.
I can accept or decline changes in a matter of seconds, with a lot less clicks and a lot easier. I have put 4 macros on the side of the mouse.
1: accept change (and jumps to the next change immediately)
2: decline change (and jumps to the next change immediately)
3: decline note, so I can delete them after I've read them
5: undo
I know I don't use 4 and 6, but that doesn't matter, I disabled those buttons so that they can't do anything weird when I miss click.
I can now accept changes at a high speed, I can read along as I change everything. A lot of the changes my editor makes are punctuation or tense changes and I can almost blindly accept them (of course I first read what she changed). I can accept each change with just 1 click. So I'm halving my own work, plus I no longer need to search for changes as the macro will jump to the next change immediately. Sure, the buttons are simply macros, and I could use the keyboard combination that it does simply by hand. Though that still means I need to do quite a couple of clicks, as they are all 2 key combinations. Ctrl + Num 9 is the combination for "accept change" that I put into the program. That is still 2 different sides of the keyboard. With this mouse I need just 1 button.
It lessens the strain on my hands as I only need to click with my thumb while I can relax the rest of my hand and arm.

The second thing I use it for is during formatting. If you've seen my formatting guide for the kindle you know that I swear by nuking all your formatting and re-formatting everything afterwards. This is what I use it for too. I have macro buttons for italics, bold, header 1 and a few other small options. It makes everything so much quicker. Select, click the button and move on. This has brought back 3 rounds of making changes back to just 1.

These two things have made my writing life so much easier and quicker. Sure I still need to write and do all these things but what used to take hours now takes maybe half or 1/3 of the time it used to and with a lot less hand cramps.

Another thing I really liked it for was during writing my dissertation. I had quick buttons for header 1 and 2 and also to add footnotes and things like that. Formatting literally at the click of a button. I didn't need to look away from where I was writing, I just clicked my mouse, typed what I needed and moved on. No disruption of thought stream.

Of course, not everyone can buy a mouse like this. But check out how macros work, set your own quick buttons for things. These few changes can make your life so much easier. 1 click is better than 2 and 1 button is better than 2.

What quick tips or special things do you use to make your life easier when it comes to writing and editing?

Write on!

Kia