Saturday, October 1, 2016

Envious Existence: Sneak Peek

Envious Existence will be released on Friday, October 21st, 2016, but if you're dying to get your hands on it early, keep reading for a sneak peek at the latest novel in the Envious Series.


Join the release party for more teasers, prizes and fun giveaways. It's happening October 21st-24th, and more prizes will be added during the party! Join here and please share and invite as many people as you can. https://www.facebook.com/events/656110701218566/


Here's the sneak peek:
Birds chirped outside my dark surroundings, their song gleeful at the passing of the storm. They represented the opposite of the feelings I felt coursing through my veins. The aged door swung open, revealing cheerful sunlight and a widespread devastation that mirrored the ache growing within me. Tree limbs and bright green leaves were scattered about; an apple tree, severed down the center, had been shattered by lightning, reduced to splinters. It had no hope for survival, and neither did I.
I emerged from the cabin, doubting everything I had come to know. Doubting my understanding of the world, doubting myself, and knowing that my end would be coming soon, despite the safety I thought I had.
The tattered old leather-bound book bent in my hands, proof of all that would come to pass. It slipped from my fingers, hitting the damp ground. Pages turned, fluttering in the light breeze, and I raised my head. I would not sit back and let this happen. Not again. I had to be strong this time.




Monday, September 12, 2016

Envious Existence: Cover Reveal and Release Date Announcement

It's here!!! It's finally here! The moment we've been waiting for! It's release time!

Envious... Envious Obsession... and now... ENVIOUS EXISTENCE!


I am pleased to announce that Envious Existence will be released on Friday, October 21st, 2016.

It is currently available for pre-order on amazon. Pre-Order Here
Please join the release party! Join here.


Sometimes love is so strong, not even death can stop it. 

The world I thought I understood... 
The man I thought I knew... 
Nothing is the same.

Sandy spent most of her life in a toxic friendship with a girl who wanted her dead. Finally free, she now has a chance for happiness with the man she loves. Eric is back in her life, and everything should be right between them...but nothing is what it seems.

Eric has been keeping a dangerous secret. One that threatens their lives and the futures of those they love.

A secret that changes everything.

Their world has become a different place, with complex rules and terrifying dangers.

But there is a way out. Their only hope for survival is to make a deal with Aurora. But can Sandy trust the girl who tried to kill her, the girl who still wants her dead?

Love will be tested.
Trust will be broken.
And truths will be revealed.

THE ENVIOUS SERIES READING ORDER:
Book 1-Envious
Book 2-Envious Obsession
Book 3-Envious Existence


Make sure to join the release party on facebook! There will be prizes, giveaways, and lot of fun!
Join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/656110701218566/


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer news!

It's been a hot summer so far, and my fingertips are practically smoking from working so hard!

Envious will soon have it's third installment available. I'm so excited for you to read this book! It's my favorite so far! Envious Existence is in the final stages of proof. Once complete, it will go up for pre-order, and a Facebook party will celebrate it's release!

Please join us for some awesome giveaways and games! While no date has been selected yet, you can ensure you'll receive the news by liking my facebook page "Envious Book" or by messaging me your email to sign up for the newsletter.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Art is Everywhere.

Music is art.
Jewelry is art.
Painting and photography are arts.
Writing is art.
Film is art.
Fashion art.
Graphic design art.
Furniture is art.
Textiles are art.
Architecture art.

How dull, uncomfortable, and boring the world would be without art and artists.

Perhaps we shouldn't put down the importance of art.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Two Years and I'm Still Here.

February 2016 marks two years since Envious was first published.

I'd like to share with you the details of my author journey, so that maybe you can find encouragement in whatever journey you are on, or are thinking about embarking on:

More than two years ago, I had a manuscript which I had no intention of ever publishing, and stack of drawn pages for a comic book series that I had no clear plan for. Publishing was too costly. I didn't have the money available for wholesale printing costs, and no plan for what to do with 500+ books even if I did have them printed. I was working a job I was good at. It barely paid the bills and it gave me no feeling of fulfillment. After doing so well in school and college I felt like a complete failure. It felt like my soul was slowly dying. My art career hadn't panned out the way I'd hoped. It hadn't panned out at all, and slowly, through the years, I lost energy to put into drawings and stories that once sustained my artistic hopes. No one was going to pick up my graphic novels, and despite having so many people who loved my artistic style, no one would give me a job. I was trapped in a world that was not accepting me.

It was at that time of the soul-sucking mundane that I gave a second look to my manuscript. About to toss it into the garbage, I decided to read it to see if there was any hope of turning it into a comic book series. It was then that I realized it was already in the medium it belonged in. It needed no drawings to bring my writing to life. The writing was already lively. It was as good as the books I enjoyed to read, so why had I ever written it off? Why had I ignored it and pushed it aside, considering it not good enough?

I looked into the cost of printing a paperback novel. Still much too high. Still out of reach. Then I pursued a search for a literary agent. I scoured lists of them at the library, searching for those who would accept my genre and and submissions. I began sending out email after email, including the specifics that each called for. I didn't get many rejections. Most of my submissions never made it that far. They bounced back immediately with automated replies that unsolicited submissions were no longer being received. I was dead in the water, searching for a nibble in a vast sea without any hungry fish.

Then my husband gifted me with a kindle, and it changed everything for me.

I began downloading books and read two that captivated me. Sterling by Dannika Dark, and Branded by Keary Taylor. I looked to the publisher credit. Createspace. That didn't sound like any publisher I was familiar with. I went to the authors' websites and discovered something amazing. These books were self published, and they were incredible. Then I realized something... Self publishing wasn't for the books that weren't good enough to make the cut. It was for those authors brave enough to step out on their own. Suddenly, my impatience with the publishing game didn't make me feel like a failure. I didn't have to keep waiting and hoping for a chance. There was another way.

It was at this point that I changed course, and also was laid off from my job. It was a misfortune that masked a blessing. I set about reinventing my career. I focused on my books and at the same time, a change in vocation into the gaming art industry. I taught myself programs like Z-brush and 3DS Max while writing more and editing constantly. I readied my book for beta reading and for professional editing. By some stroke of luck, I had access to an editor through a family member. She graciously accepted my book and I was on my way.

Then a bump in the road. I needed to go back to work. I'd been applying to jobs all the while, but hadn't even scored an interview. I'd taken that as a sign that I was moving in the right direction with my books, but hit the point in February 2013 when I had no other choice. I had to go somewhere that I had hoped not to. I found a job in a different town, with a long commute, less pay than my previous job, and it was back in a similar line of work that I had found so draining before. I had made so many strides, but found myself back where I started (and a few paces back) but something was different. Hope had returned. A new goal energized me. After a few months, I was forced to make the decision between art and writing. There wasn't time for both. And writing won out.

In the two years following that point, I have published two books, and have another that will be released soon. I have more than doubled my profits over last year (which actually doesn't amount to much, but double is double!) and learned so many things,, which I would like to share:

1. Writing is the easy part. A writer's desire to write all the time is what makes everything they do for marketing so important because...

2. Selling books isn't easy. Dumbly, I'd thought that once I hit that publish button readers would find me. I didn't expect hundreds of ales, but I'd never thought my book would be siting at the bottom of a very deep, dark hole, with thousands of books piled on top of it. Seriously, every sale I made, I knew exactly who had bought that book, which made the false promises of friends and acquaintances glaringly obvious. And they thought I would never know. Because they though like I had thought, that my book could be found on its own. How silly of us.

Since that realization, I have learned much about the world of marketing. I have found many things that do not work for me, and a few things that sort of do. Keeping in mind...

3. Stay optimistic. I used to have to repeat this to myself all the time, but after maybe a year and a half, it's finally sank in. I used to seek out famous books and scour their bad reviews in a reminder to myself that my book can't please everyone. Even books considered "the best ever written" have piles of snarky one star, hateful reviews. And honestly, who wants to read a book with only top notch reviews? I have found that sometimes a person's angered complaint of a book sparks my curiosity and makes me want to read it to see what all the fuss is about.

So after two years I'm still puttering along, slowly gaining momentum. Sometimes I think I should be further along than I am, but then I think back and see just how far I have come. The struggle was very real and intense, but I made it through, and I keep on going. Strides, while shorter than I'd like, are happening.

At the risk of sounding cliche, Rome was not built in a day. Things take time, and from what I've seen in the past two years, I am grateful for my struggles because small strides are working, not only to gain readers, but also in keeping my soul alive and energized. And that really what living life ifs all about.

Here's to two years and counting!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Get ENVIOUS for Free!! Again!

It's that season again, free book season!
January 13-19, Envious will be free!
While Envious is free for Kindle ebook, Envious Obsession will be on Kindle Countdown, starting at just 99 cents!

I love hosting giveaways for Envious. I watch the ranking climb and fall with rapt attention. No giveaway I've done can match the success of the first, but I'm hoping this one will blow it out of the park! I need your help for this to work. I need friends, fans and readers who love a bargain to help spread the word. Please help spread the word in any way you can. Retweeting, sharing posts on facebook, standing on the bar screaming it out, telling a friend, making a recommendation...however you feel comfortable. :) Thank you so much!!


In other news:
Soon, the third installment of The Envious Series will be released. No date yet, but it is coming, and it's even going to have its very own party on facebook!

If you haven't visited the Envious Book facebook page, here's the link:  https://www.facebook.com/enviousbook

Be sure to like and follow the page so you on't miss the party announcement! I also post funny pictures, a few serious articles, anything book related, and Envious updates there.

I'm also on Twitter: @KKellerNieman

Follow me on Twitter to keep up to date on Envious news and announcements! Also, I retweet deals and posts for other books and authors of varied genres, so you just might find another book or series to add to your to-read list!

Find me on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7884014.Katie_Keller_Nieman

And the Envious Series amazon page here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00S946O8Q/ref=dp_st_1494287595

There are lost of ways to keep up to date, and I'll be posting on all of them to announce the third book's party and release! I hope you'll join me! There will be games, reveals, and giveaways!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cassandra Has a Secret

Cassandra Annabelle Whitmer, Sandy as she's called by most, has a secret. The dreams that haunt her sleep aren't like most people's. They are of another time. Lives she's lived, dating back to the middle ages.

"I don't care if it's normal!' I yelled through dry tears. I spoke harshly, hoping my words would penetrate his thick skull, 'I know it's real."


But none of that matches the secrets that have been kept from her by those closest to her. Her past lives were filled with danger, and deception. And her visions of them point her to the truth about her past, her present, and her future.


They also point her to Eric, the gorgeous guy she's been trying to forget. Her dreams refuse to let her. He's more than just her best friend's boyfriend, more than the man she secretly loves. He stands at the center of it all.

The Envious Series is on sale for a limited time:
Envious (Book 1) will be free from October 15-19 on amazon.com
Click here!
Envious Obsession (Book 2) will be on Kindle Countdown from October 15-22
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Envious Existence (Book 3) will be released in 2016!!!