Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FREE Excerpt Booklet

Once again some of us have grouped together to create an excerpt booklet. This one features excerpts from historical romances that involve governesses. The excerpt booklet is FREE as an e-book from your favorite sites.

I'm particularly happy to be part of this venture because one of my all time favorite characters is Miss Tibbles. For those of you who have read my books, you know Miss Tibbles is a remarkable woman who took households in hand when daughters were out of control. No title, however lofty, ever daunted her or swayed her from her perceived duty! And yet, she also had the kindest of hearts--even if very few saw that inner core of kindness. But her girls did--when they needed it most.

It was such a joy when I could finally give Miss Tibbles her own chance at romance in Miss Tibbles' Folly. That's the book I chose for the excerpt included in the Governess Romance excerpt booklet.  As noted above, you can find it free at:

Kindle      Apple iBooks       B&N Nook       Kobo  

Google Play      All Romance     Goodreads  

The Governess Romance contains excerpts from the following previously published books:
An Unexpected Encounter – Deb Marlowe
Conduct Unbecoming a Gentleman – Wareeze Woodson
Dark Surrender – Erica Ridley
Deeply in You – Sharon Page
Miss Merry’s Christmas – Callie Hutton
Miss Tibbles’ Folly – April Kihlstrom
Moonlight and Memories – Patricia Rice
One Wicked Weekend – Charlotte Russell
Tempting the Governess – Vivienne Westlake
What a Lady Demands – Ashlyn Macnamara

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Some characters just grab your heart...

Even after over 30 published books, there are some characters who still just grab my heart when I think about them. Miss Tibbles, of course, but others as well, including Drusilla Lawford and Lord Pensley from THE NABOB'S WIDOW.

The Nabob's Widow originally came out in 1986 as a traditional Signet Regency. I loved the book then. I still loved it as I reconstructed the book from digital files 30 years old, created with software long vanished. Even when I was going through the tedious task of removing all the extraneous carriage returns and other glitches in the converted files, I found myself falling in love with the characters all over again.

The funny thing is that as much as I loved the original story, I could see a few ways to tweak it to make it even better, and because I am bringing my back list books out myself, I could do that. I had fun giving a darling young boy an even bigger role than he had before.

I also got to fix a few historical details. (The Nabob's Widow was written before the advent of the internet as a research tool for writers.) I hope I caught them all but...life being what it is, apologies in advance if I missed some.

As always, there's love and honor and courage, hope and challenge, danger as well as kindness and history, of course, because this is, after all, a Regency. I hope all of you will love these characters as much as I do.

iBooks    Kindle    Nook   Kobo   Print

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Sophy's Story ebook free in March

As many of you know, I created the Sophy Books series because I couldn't find any books appropriate for my 37 yr old son who has Down Syndrome.  I believe everyone should have books they can and love to read. As you might imagine, this is something I care deeply about.

March is Developmental Disabilities Month. In honor of that, I'm making Sophy's Story, the first book in the series, free for iBooks, Kindle, Kobo and Google Play free for the month of March 2015. Nook won't let me do that but it's only 99 cents there.

Sophy's Story isn't just for disabled individuals. It's for anyone--child or adult--who loves dogs. It's for anyone learning to read--child or adult literacy programs, perhaps.

The books bring--I hope!--comfort as well as smiles as the reader recognizes in Sophy's emotions, how he or she feels about similar situations. And for those who have asked, yes, Sophy really is my dog and these stories really are about her experiences. (You may have noticed she's in my photo on the sidebar!)  Mind you, a lot of times she thinks I should play instead of working on my blog or my books!

Sometimes she tries to give me toys.

Sometimes she just climbs on my lap and gets between me and the computer!

If you think there's any chance you or someone you know would enjoy Sophy's Story, please download the free ebook or share this information with them. And if you would, please consider leaving a review. Few things help authors more than lots of reviews. Here are the links for Sophy's Story:

iBooks          Kobo        Kindle         Google Play         Nook

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Photos from Romance Reader Social

Yesteray Sherry Thomas, Jeanell Bolton and I were at the Pflugerville Library for a Romance Reader Social. As always, it was fun, there were crafts and giveaways and tasty treats and we authors read excerpts from our books and talked about writing.

I love my local library and I love being able to support them this way. And I love that readers can get to meet my wonderful fellow authors.

I met such nice people who came to the RR Social. It's one of my favorite things about the event. I even met an author (Lisa A Traugott) who has published a book after coming to a Romance Reader Social a few years ago and talking with authors who encouraged her.

Here are some photos from yesterday's event.

This is me with some of my books. This year I decided to wear my hair up.

Me with Thor.

Jeanell Bolton, Sherry Thomas and I are here with Thor.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Romance Reader Social

I love that my local library has a Romance Reader Social every year! As always, I'll be there in costume. There are always refreshments, games and this time perhaps we'll be reading excerpts from our books. More details are below:

  February 7, 2015, 2 to 3:30 p.m. I'll be taking part in the Romance Reader Social at the Pflugerville Library. Details here:  Romance Reader Social 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015


It’s the new year! Are you ready to dive back into writing? Have you gotten stuck on the project you’re working on? Are you looking for a way to make writing easier and more intuitive for you? This class can help!
I believe Book in a Week--the way I teach it--is one of the best gifts I believe any author can give himself or herself. It's a chance to write better, faster and have more fun doing so. It's also a new way to look at the process of creating a book and discovering what process would be ideal for YOU.

Dates: January 25, 2015 to March 7, 2015
Cost: $90 ($50 if you've taken the class before) One time 10% discount if you bought my April Kihlstrom’s Book In A Week Workbook. See below for information on the workbook. (Information on and buy links for the workbook on this page of my website.)
Deadline to sign up: January 23, 2015 (though I do sometimes allow people to sign up right up to the start of class IF there is room in the class)
Lessons: Everything is handled by email so you can do the lessons at YOUR convenience
Class size is limited.

Payment for the class may be made by check or by PayPal. To sign up send an email to aprilkihlstrom@yahoo.com with the title of the class you wish to take in the header and in the body of the email please put: your name and whether you prefer to pay by check or PayPal. Also, please let me know if you have taken the class before and whether you have bought a copy of the workbook and are asking for the one time only discount on the class fee. (One of these days I will get a Paypal button set up on this page--if I can figure out how to set up the 4 different options--1st time, 1st time with discount, repeat, repeat with discount--that is!)

Note: If you do not get a response back from me, please try emailing me at april.kihlstrom@gmail.com. Unfortunately email does sometimes simply disappear into cyberspace.

Class Description: This class will take you through every step of the writing process—from beginning to brainstorm all the way through sending material out to be published. And it will help you discover who YOU are as a writer. You can participate as much or as little as you like in email discussions.

Weeks 1-3: This is when you do the prep work with lessons that are designed to get you thinking in new ways about your project. Among other things, I'll cover characters and book structure, imagery and use of names, POV and how to make sentence and paragraph structure work for you. If you choose, you can post answers and get help brainstorming ideas for your book but NO ONE is required to do so!

Weeks 4 and 5: Intensive Writing Weeks (February 14, 2015 through March 1, 2015 and yes, it's okay if you start February 15th instead)This is your chance to write better and faster than you ever have before, to discover what YOUR natural first draft will look like and ways to fit writing into your life that you may never have thought of before.

Week 6: Here's your chance to look at the experience of weeks 4 and 5 and use it to create a writing method that works for YOU and is tailored to your most natural writing style. We'll also look at how to revise your work in the fastest, most effective way possible and I'll be sharing some of my thoughts on query letters, synopses, etc.

Does BIAW work? Well, a number of people who have taken this class are now published or under contract and/or been finalists in or won contests with material they worked on during my classes.  One author had her book optioned for a movie!

Bio: April Kihlstrom is an award winning author of 32 published romance novels. She offers coaching to fellow writers as well as classes and workshops on writing and has spoken at many conferences including: the Romance Writers of America national conference (romance) and the East of Eden conference (non-romance).

Testimonials from students who have taken the Book in a Week class:

“April's course always makes me take a good hard look at my characters, their motivations and what it will take to tell their story. Even better is the feedback she gives to responses.  She really makes me think!”--Anne McAllister

“I had been stuck for 18 months on my book, writing next to nothing after the loss of a family member. I was desperate to get it going but couldn't seem to muster the enthusiasm. Your class was just the ticket.”--Robin Heart Shepperd

 “Through the series of questions that April asks she makes each author delve deeply into their character and story line. April's questions make you think about how your character's history, social standing, occupation, family position, and more impacts how they handle the various situations we authors toss them into. At the end of April's class you have a deep understanding of your characters that writing the story will be a breeze. “--Ruth A Casie

“I so enjoyed every minute of April's class. First, she hands out the BEST lessons, they make you think and show you just how much insight April brings to her class, on writing, on writers, and on LIFE! Then she carefully answers all the questions online or privately and we all learned from everyone else too!  This class is really a fantastic jump starter for any book, idea, premise you might be struggling with.  I was unable to write but two days of the writing weeks and still got in over 10,000 words because the class allowed me to get to some truths in my work.  Hat's off to April for providing the inspiration and know how, and finally for her innate quality as a human study. If you are a writer - this is the class YOU need!”--Cheryl Rae

“I first tried "Book in a Week" when I wanted to start a new novel but was having trouble gathering ideas.  The process really jump-started my brain and my creativity and pretty soon the ideas were flowing!  Although I didn't finish the book that week, I wrote more than I thought possible and went on to finish the book more quickly than I ever had in the past.  That book was not only published, but nominated for a National Readers' Choice Award! Since then I have taken the class several times and it has always gotten me started with plenty of plot and character ideas; and has helped me to get my novels well underway!”--Roni Denholtz

Friday, January 09, 2015

Interviewed on Jackson D'Lynne's Blog

When Jackson D'Lynne asked to interview me for her blog, I wasn't sure what to expect. But I loved her questions and the chance to talk about what I write and why I write it. If you're curious, here's the link:

Ask an Author with April Kihlstrom -- Regency Romance, Passion for Writing, and Adventures with Sophy January 9, 2015