It’s so hard not to spoil what’s coming. I know that I’m being asked when things are going to start picking up in this slow burn.
They are! What I can tell you is that I’m kinda wishing it wasn’t such a slow burn. There’s a strange yearning to fulfill my editor and beta reader’s requests to have the bodies start hitting the floor.
What I can tell you, without spoiling things, is that things are ramping up. You’ll soon be learning why X and Z are the way that they are. It’s important to the story that everyone knows what happened and how and why this wound is lingering.
And to answer the question before it is asked, no! We have not gone Randonauting in Yellowstone or the Targhee National Forest. It could be an interesting thing, but considering what I’ve seen content creators wander into on YouTube and TikTok, I am more than happy to live out Randonautica and Scarenoia vicariously through my characters.
You can find The Explorers on Kindle Aps for iOS and on Amazon’s website. Like with Kindle Unlimited, we haven’t seen a wider released. I have a feeling we’ll see things open up to Android devices before we’ll see them open up internationally.
If you’re an international reader and looking for assistance accessing The Explorers, please reach out to me. There are ways to get around localization. *caugh caugh* NordVPN *wink wink*, though I do believe you would need a billing address in the US. That said, you can still access free Kindle Vella episodes and use some of those free tokens that they provide new readers. I believe the number is still 200.
Exile is the first installment of The Chronicles of Eden which take place in the Under a White Moon Paranormal Universe. There are more stories in this universe to told than Eden’s.
This universe is my Passion Project. It’s had years of background development due to it’s nature as urban fantasy. This world within a world serial takes place in modern times and it took a lot to figure out how the different supernatural creatures and their various species worked.
What I can tell you is that our heroine, Eden has an amazing sidekick. That sidekick isn’t Detective Sean Willingham, it’s her mastiff hound mix, Boscoe. I don’t know, there’s just something about dogs that draw me into a story.
Atticus had Oberon.
Timmy had Lassie.
Shaggy had Scooby.
Akamaru had Kiba.
Eden has Boscoe!
Who wouldn’t want a Boscoe of their own? I know I want one, though Mr Wizard has said no to larger breed, wet mouthed dogs. We loved our Little Joe Friday, but slobber was a thing that we never really were able to keep up with.
What should you expect from Season One of Under a White Moon Paranormal Mysteries? Werewolves, hunters, a vampire or two, a wicked step sister and serial killers. Don’t forget the serial killers.
Unfortunately, links to Exile won’t be available until they go live on August, 30th. I’ll make sure to post them with that day’s blog which will include something else that is also just as exciting.
This new series of reviews will pop up almost weekly. They’ll include a write up carefully crafted to give you an idea of what the story feels like without spoilers, information on where to read, how to find the author, and possibly a TikTok video reviewing the serial. We’ll see how well that goes. I’m not really the greatest at editing TikTok Videos or Instagram Reels.
I’m good at finding music to go along with the videos I’ve shot and I really haven’t put myself into the videos yet. So we’ll see how that goes.
I promise to put my NoBS pants on and do my best.
Is it possible that there may be a review that isn’t the greatest or that I might not enjoy a serial I’ve reviewed? It happens, but that doesn’t mean what I’m reading isn’t something else someone to enjoy.
For example, I’m not that big of a fan of things that include a lot of sex, but that doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it.
There will even be a quarterly Is Kitty Still reading It? Blog. But I’ll be frank. I gave up on Doctor Who for way too long after Billie Piper left. Kill or otherwise hurt a character I’m attached to and I may have to put something down for awhile. It wasn’t until two Doctors later that I went back to Doctor Who, still butt hurt over David Tennant’s departure.
That said, if there is a serial on Kindle Vella or another platform like Good Reads or Tapas that you want to see reviewed, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list!
*yes, Kayla! I’ve got a lot of reading to do for you :D*
And finally, the question I’ve been asked more times than I thought.
Okay, I’m going to say my words. I’m a writer, it’s what I do. Hear these words, or see them. And pay attention to what I have to say.
When Kindle Unlimited soft launched it was a nightmare. Luckily this soft launch, while hiccupy hasn’t gone too terribly.
Was there frustration that free tokens were given to readers to entice them to the platform? You bet! Especially since part of the platform includes providing readers three free episodes.
But this is all part of the growing experience that Amazon will experience as they move the Kindle Vella to other devices and regions. At this moment, there aren’t as many readers as many of us would have liked. Let’s face it, serial readers are a different audience than those who read novels.
Some readers specifically chose to stay away from serials because they’ve been ‘burned’ by authors who embark on projects and then drop off the face of the earth leaving stories unfinished forever.
Can we all be real and understand that when something like that happens is pretty, well shitty. That’s the best way I can explain it.
That said, I don’t want to be an author that leaves people hanging. It’s one of the reasons I have so much work done on the serials I’m releasing. There are 40+ fully outlined episodes of The Explorers, twenty three of them written. The last five in a state of rewrite until I’m 100% happy with them. Luckily I have a little bit of time to work out the kinks before I continue on.
Under the White Moon Paranormal Mysteries has three full epic length novels complete. Each novel represents a season. That means I have a lot written material for all of you.
If something happens to me, I can promise that the rest of the episodes will be posted and in the worse case scenario, outlines will be posted of what wasn’t completed to give you an idea of what would have happened to your favorite characters.
Moving on… The good news is that the platform, like all things, will grow. The market for it author wise isn’t super saturated. Getting in during the early months is something that is great for writers looking to build or expand their brand. And we all need to face the fact that writers are their brand.
As the platform grows, there will be more readers. Authors need to do what they can to self promote and advertise. This isn’t any different from traditional publishing, self publishing or just dumping random poorly formatted work out onto KU in hopes of someone reading it.
I’ve got a few ads that I’m planning in order to increase visibility after Exile releases. It’s important to use social media and ads to drive readers to your work, even if what you write isn’t what they like. That’s why readers have three free episodes and that pocket full of free tokens to get started. In a sense, readers get to try before they buy.
Do I think the platform will grow? Yes!
Do I think it’ll be worth the risk to get involved in this new experiment by Amazon? Sure do. Worse thing that happens is the service fails and I take my work down while retaining my rights and release it again in novel format. Sure there’d be a bit of work involved, but that’s what happens when you’re self employed.
This isn’t a review of the service, this is simply a ‘it is what it is’ moment.
To be honest, we’ll need to wait and see what happens after the full roll out to be able to fully review and take a stand as to how effective a service it is.
What I can tell you is that I believe there will be a lot more to come.
Well, that’s it for today. If I don’t end things here, I’ll never stop.
Until next time!