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

JANUARY 2015 BOOK IN A WEEK CLASS

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

Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

SOPHY GOES TO THE DOGGY DOCTOR

It's out! The 3rd book in the Sophy series has just been released. In this one, Sophy gets her annual checkup. I'm hoping readers will laugh and perhaps see themselves in Sophy's impatience and reactions to the whole process. In other words, as always, I hope this book will bring comfort as well as smiles to everyone who reads it.

SOPHY GOES TO THE DOGGY DOCTOR is available both as an e-book and in print. You can find it here:


Kindle        Nook        iBooks        Kobo       Google Play      Print 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Free Excerpt Booklet!

I'm part of a group of authors who have put together a booklet of excerpts from some of our work. An excerpt from Dangerous Masquerade is included! I hope you enjoy this.  See the announcement below for where and how you can get it.

The authors with excerpts in the booklet include:
Amylynn BrightCollette Cameron, Louise Clark, Manda CollinsTracey DevlynTina GabrielleCindy Holby BooksMadeline HunterCallie HuttonApril KihlstromVanessa KellyKris Kennedy Author, Anna Markland, Miranda Neville, Patricia Rice, Amara Royce, and Joanna Shupe!

Here is the announcement:





Historical Romance Network has a gift for you: our first excerpt booklet!  Seventeen HRN members have included excerpts of First Meet scenes from their historical romances.  They range from Viking era to the American West, and include newer authors and New York Times & USA Today bestsellers.  Download the booklet in your preferred format (mobi or epub), and find some new books to love!

Don't have an e-reader? No problem! You can download Adobe Digital Edition to your desktop computer and use the epub version or download the Amazon Kindle App to your desktop and use the mobi version.

This booklet is the first of what we hope to be many such projects hosted by the Historical Romance Network, an informal group of over two hundred historical romance authors looking to understand what romance readers want, and expand the historical romance market.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Createspace Basics

I'm delighted that this Saturday I will be doing a workshop on the basics of using Createspace at the Pflugerville library (1008 W. Pfluger St.,PflugervilleTX 78660)!

Details here: Self-publishing with Createspace Workshop
Here are some previous blog posts I've done about working with Createspace:

Createspace--a lesson in humility

Createsapce--more lessons in humility

Createspace--lesson 3 in humility