Book Trailer for Shadow Man

We made a book trailer for Shadow Man this week. The kids did most of the work, while I directed in the background. It turned out great. I have had a lot of feedback on it. Everyone is really impressed by the work that Caleb, Randi and Haylee did. I have always thought that music makes any video or movie better, especially if starts out slow, builds up high and then descends, making you really grateful for watching it. We used a song by Pump Audio.  It made me feel as if I was going on the journey with Andy. We found the pictures on a free website (that way there are no copyright issues). All three of the kids, (but mostly Randi) worked on each individual picture by using Picnik and another program we have on our computer called Gimp, adding special effects to them. I had a ceramic heart that Haylee made me a long time ago, and we took that heart to make one of the pictures that is toward the end of the trailer.  I hope everyone that watches the book trailer will walk away wanting to read the book and I hope you enjoy the trailer.

Nov. 9, 2010

Hey, to my readers! Well, we had to take the book trailer off of Youtube the other day. Since we found out the release date for bookstores, we had to add a picture to tell folks where they could buy the book.  It is doing very well. I’m getting quite a few hits on it.  Remember, Jan. 04, 2011 is when the book comes out in book stores. But you can buy it now at this website:  http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-61663-619-7

Prince Andy and the Misfits, Shadow Man–Audio Book

I’m really excited about the audio book for Prince Andy and the Misfits, Shadow Man. Tate Publishing gave me the option of either creating my websites for me or making an audio book. Troy and I talked it over and decided that we could make the website, blog and book trailer. However, we didn’t have the technology to create an audio book.  There are two ways you can purchase the audio book.  When you buy the book, it comes with a code on the very last page that you type in at Tate’s website and you download the audio for free. You can burn it to a CD, leave it on your computer to listen to, or put it on your I-Pod.  Some people don’t want to buy the book, so Tate Publishing is creating audio CD’s for separate purchase as well.  It will be an abridged version. (I wasn’t very happy about the abridged version, because I had to cut so much out of my book. I nearly cried a few times while doing this process. I felt like I was killing my child. Not to mention it is a lot of work!!!) Hope you enjoy the audio portion.

Oct. 07, 2010

Today I had a great surprise.  I opened my email and there was a post from Sean Kilgore.  He is the person from Tate Publishing who is going to narrate my book.  He sent me a sample reading of the prologue.  IT WAS SOOOO COOOOL!!!!!!! Such an exciting moment for me and my family.  We were all gathered around listening to the audio.  The audio book will be done by the end of this month.  Can’t wait to hold that in my hands.  God is so good to me.

Nov. 1, 2011

Well, I received the audio book this past Friday for editing.  It sounds so amazing.  I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to hear my work come to life.  To hear the words, “Copyright, by Karen Gammons, 2010.”   So awesome!

Tonight, I came home from a meeting and found Randi and Haylee huddled around the computer listening t0 my book.  Both of them had smiles on their faces.  Too cute!! Tomorrow I will sit at the computer after school is over and begin the work. Then when it is over, I can truly say, that my child is done and ready for the world.  I just hope she is well received.

Nov. 6, 2010

Well, last night I finished the edits on the audio book.  It took all week to do this process and it was very tiring.  I worked about five hours a day on it, and I would get up from the computer feeling like I had run a marathon.  By the end of the week, my brain felt like mush.  So glad that it’s over.  I told Troy that I may not do the audio book for Epidemic in the Dark Lands. Of course he told me that I was crazy if I didn’t.  He loved hearing my book come to life.

Sean Kilgore from Tate Publishing did the narrating for Shadow Man.  He did such an AWESOME job!!!  I am very pleased with the voices of my dragons.  I have characters in book 2, that I think he could do very well.  I am so glad I picked Sean.  I can’t wait to hear the reaction from everyone after they listen to it.

Nov. 9, 2010

I sent the audio edits back to Sean yesterday. He had them for about 5 minutes and then he sent them right back. UGH!!! I messed up. If there was a mistake in the sentence, I was supposed to copy the full sentence to the correction form.  I only copied the part that was messed up.  It helps to read. I’m always preaching to my children to read something thoroughly, before jumping in with both feet.  Oh well,  like I said, I’m crazy!!!!

So tomorrow, I will try to fix all of my mistakes.  The roofers are coming to put a new roof on our house, and I imagine it’s going to be very noisy around here. I hope I can concentrate.  The kids are already trying to get out of school tomorrow with the excuse that they won’t be able to concentrate. We will see how it goes.  I can’t wait till this is all over. I still haven’t finished book 2, Epidemic in the Dark Lands. That is going to be top priority next week.

To all my readers, have a good day.

Dec. 6, 2010

I listened to a portion of my audio book the other day. I have mixed feelings.  Sean did not do as I asked.  I asked him to redo the prologue, because it had voice issues.  He ignored my wishes.  I’m trying to be nice about this.  I was raised, that if you are going to do something, do it right! It reflects on you and what you are doing.  Tate Publishing needs to consider this.  If their work is shabby, it will reflect on me and them as well.  I just had to blog this. I’m now off my soap box.

Have a nice day, everyone.

Dec. 9, 2010

Today, I received a call from Sean Kilgore. He has fixed the prologue in the audio book. I am very happy with him.

Epidemic in the Dark Lands

I have been working on book two, Epidemic in the Dark Lands for about a year now. I’m on chapter 22.  I’m hoping to finish it in about two weeks, that’s if I have a clear calendar.  Then I can give it to my wonderful friend, Lenda Selph to proof read. (She is awesome. I don’t know what I would do without her.)  I won’t be allowed to send it to Tate until book one has sold so many copies. This is just standard procedure.  I think I’m more excited about book two, than I was book one.  For one thing, a lot of my characters are named after some of my favorite people in the world.  (You know who you are.) Book two also features my daughter Haylee as a big-hearted dragon. She is excited about that, especially since Caleb and Randi are in book one as characters.  I’m finally getting used to the fact that people will soon be reading my work. I was a little nervous about it at first, but now I’m excited.  I wish that you could read book two a lot quicker, but the publishing company is a lot like the Lord, they do things in their own time.

September 4, 2010

As I near the end of book 2, Epidemic in the Dark Lands, I’m getting that excited feeling for writing book 3. I just finished chapter 23 and have begun the next chapter. Everyone keeps asking how many chapters I’m going to have, and all I can answer is, “As many as it takes to finish the book.”  I’m a little disappointed with myself though with Epidemic in the Dark Lands. In Shadow Man I wrote a little over 83,000 words. Epidemic in the Dark Lands is going to be a hair shorter. I wanted it to be more, but I don’t I have that many words left in my head for this book. I’m hoping that as I reveiw chapters, I can add sentences here and there to make up or even exceed what I have written for Shadow Man. On the bright side, I am almost done. Yipee! Book  3 here I come.

Oct. 2, 2010

I am having a contest.  I need dragon kingdom names for book three.  The dragon kingdom is set in a volcano. The dragons are intelligent and the king of the dragons is King Granite. The contest will run through Nov. 30, 2010.  The winner will receive a free signed copy of Prince Andy and the Misfits, Shadow Man. Also, their name will be added to the acknowledgments  page in book three.  You can leave the names here in the comments section or put them on my Facebook page. Good luck.

Family

I have been married to my best friend, Troy, for 17 years. We have had our ups and downs as most couples do over the years. However, they have been mostly wonderful.  We have three beautiful children: Caleb, who is 16 years old, Randi, who is 14 years old and Haylee who will be 11 years in September.  Troy doesn’t have a character in my book, but has encouraged me all the way and been my support, which no wife (author) can do without. The main character of my book, Andy, started out being modeled after my nephew, Andrew.  However, Prince Andy developed into Caleb, as I watched Caleb grow and mature into the handsome young man he is now. He is a huge help to me with everything, especially with my websites.  Randi has always been my inspiration for the character Shimmer.  If you could dip Randi in a sea of blue glitter, she would become Shimmer.  Randi is very prissy and cute and that is what I envisioned Shimmer to be.   Haylee has the part of a little dragon with a big heart in book two–Prince Andy and the Misfits, Epidemic in the Dark Lands, which fits her perfectly because she has such a big heart. Of course she is very cute as well. They are all very excited about my book. Almost as much as I am.

Our Cats

I wanted to introduce you to our cats, Zelda and L.K.  Zelda is eight years old. We adopted her from the pet shelter when she was just a baby. As she has grown, she has come to think of herself as the queen of our home.  Zelda was a huge inspiration for the character in my book, Theodius.  I think if she were a person, she would just love the fact that she was the star in a book and that she might become famous.  L.K. stands for “Little Kitty” and he is five years old.  He is no longer a “Little Kitty”.  I call him my self-petting cat.  He doesn’t like anyone to touch him or he will bite you.  However, if you talk like a baby to him, he will rub all over the furniture and “pet” himself.  He’s a little bit dumb and he is scared of everything.  His favorite place to sleep is in a flower-pot on our back porch and he eats like a hog would, gobbling up his food. I’m not sure that L.K. will have a part in any up coming books, but we’ll see. I love both of our cats and will keep you up to date on some of their antics.

August 30, 2010

Ah, summer!  Our poor little cats have not fared so well this summer.  It has been very hot here in Texas and we haven’t seen much rain (none in the last month).  Being a bit on the portly side, (and that is being nice) Zelda doesn’t do well in the heat. She tends to lie in the very middle of our living room, positioned exactly under the ceiling fan so that she can get the most air. When she is not in the living room, she is lying on my bed with the ceiling fan blowing on her, keeping me company while I write on book two.  We were out in the yard the other day and it was around 105 degrees and Zelda just had to see what we were up to.  She is a very nosy cat! I have never felt so sorry for an animal. By the time she got to where we were, she was huffing and puffing pretty good.  We have tried putting her on diets, but that has not worked.  Poor L.K. tends to feel as though he is being mistreated when dieting is going on in our home.  After all, he is not fat. The heat doesn’t seem to bother L.K. either.  He just lies in his flower-pot on the back porch, snoozing it up, in heat that I wouldn’t be caught dead in.  Fall is in the air a little bit though. We are starting to have cooler nights.  I hope it gets here quick for poor Zelda’s sake.

Nov. 20, 2010

Well, here it is, only five days till Thanksgiving. It has really cooled down here in Texas.  Zelda is very happy about that.  In the winter, she sleeps on my big, pink, fluffy bathrobe, which gets pulled out of the closet every night, just for her.  L.K. is still sleeping outside at night.  I guess it hasn’t gotten cold enough for him to come in.   However, he makes us open the door for him at least thirty times a day, so that he can come in and eat, (the little pig).  If we ignore his cries at the door, he stands up on his hind legs and gives us his best impersonation of “puss and boots,” from the Shrek movie.  He has also taken to sleeping with our dog Barney.  (I think he thinks he’s a dog. But that is just my opinion.) Needless to say, he now stinks like the dog.

Now, I must tell you about Barney and why L.K. stinks.  Barney is a little black and white “squirrel dog” that Troy bought, with every intention of using him for hunting squirrel.  Alas, we ruined our expensive “squirrel dog” with firecrackers.  When there are guns around, he runs for the hills.  He hasn’t quit hunting on his own however, he still goes into the woods (we live in the boonies) and brings back birds, large rats, rabbits, squirrels, (see, he does have some squirrel ability) and occasionally a snake.  His favorite place to hunt rats is around the sewer. I have dubbed him the “sewer dog”. Needless to say, he stinks. It doesn’t matter how much you wash him, the sewer is the first place he goes after a bath.  Now, when L.K. sleeps with Barney, the smell tends to rub off on my little orange cat, which is not pleasant, especially, when L.K. graces us with his presence first thing in the morning. lol.

Zelda, the queen, DOES NOT LIKE BARNEY! ( And she only tolerates L.K.)  When she goes out on the backporch, Barney runs for cover.  Zelda has jumped on Barney quite a few times.  Usually, its when she’s in a bad mood or when Barney has looked at her wrong.  I think she enjoys knowing that in her little kitty world, she reigns supreme.

Prince Andy and the Misfits, Shadow Man

Andy thought he was just an average sixteen-year-old kid

But one day his world is completely turned upside down as he learns the unbelievable truth of his identity: he is the prince of a faraway kingdom called Filligrim in the Valley of the Misfits. A magical place where pixies, elves, wizards, and dragons are just as likely to be inhabitants as humans. He was brought to this world following his birth, the only way to keep him from being murdered by his evil, malicious grandfather.

Sounding more like a fairytale than reality, Andy at first thinks he must be dreaming. But then his aunt Gladdy reveals even more astonishing news: his mother, the Queen of the Misfits, is in trouble; she’s been captured by goblins, and it’s up to Andy to rescue her.  Still in shock, he makes a decision that will forever alter life as he’s known it. He will return to Filligrim and, with the help of six heroic Misfits, will embark on a mission to save the kingdom from the clutches of evil.

In Prince Andy and the Misfits: Shadow Man, Andy encounters one adventure after another as he works to uncover a traitor, rescue the queen from goblins, retrieve a stone of immense power, and solve the mystery surrounding the Shadow Man, the sinister mastermind behind it all. And perhaps most importantly, he must ultimately discover if he has the heart to become a true prince.

Books I love to read

I usually read the books that my children are interested in just to make sure that they don’t have content I wouldn’t want them to read. The trouble I have with reading is that I can’t stop at just the first book (if it is a series). These are some of my favorites: Children books- Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo, Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, City of Ember books by Jeanne Duprau. Adult books- any Janette Oke books (I love pioneer books), Beverly Lewis-(all of her Amish books), My Bible (Troy just bought me a new study Bible KJV, it’s beautiful), and also anything written by Jane Austin.

September 4, 2010

I wanted to update this post. I have been reading more books this summer. Children’s books–The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley.  Adult books–Murder She Wrote series by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain. My all time favorite author would have to be Mary Higgins Clark. I have always had a deep affection for murder mysteries. The very first book I wrote was a murder mystery. (It is still sitting on the shelf.) It has a lot of problems, but also a lot of potential. Maybe someday I can rewrite it and have it published.

Dec. 6, 2010

Like most women in the United States, I read the Twilight Saga, by Stephanie Meyer.  I know, I’m an idiot.  They were really sappy.  I’m usually not a romance reader.  In fact, almost never.  I started reading them to see what all the hooplah was about.  When I started reading, I had to finish, because that is how I am.  When I got done, I asked myself why I wasted precious moments of my life reading them.

Well, I’m now reading Stephanie Meyer’s newest novel called, The Host.  Again, I am asking myself why I’m reading it.  It is taking forever to get into.  I will finish it, though. (Again, this is how I am.  I have to finish what I start.)  I’m only a few chapters in.  Maybe, it will get better.  Everyone keeps assuring me that it will.  Of course these are the same people that told me how wonderful the Twilight books were. UGH!  Wish me luck.