Sunday, October 7, 2018

S.E Anderson's Celestial is here!


I am so excited to tell you guys about a series I've been reading! The Starstruck series follows a rather disorganized mess of a girl as she traipses across the multiverse with aliens. Sally gets into SO many interesting situations, and these novels are packed with snark and wit that keep you turning pages and wanting more.



Celestial, Book Four in the series will be released October 9th, and I'm SO blessed to be a part of S.E. Anderson's launch team! In Celestial, Sally is still trying to get back to earth with her friends Zander, Blayde and Nim but something goes horribly wrong and they end up lost on a strange world where Sally is mistaken for the local's goddess!


I can't wait to read and review this latest installment in the Starstruck series. S.E. Anderson is a young writer brimming with charm, and I know if you pick up her books you'll fall in love. Get more information on these amazing books by visiting the author's website at: http://seandersonauthor.com/

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Join the Adaline Free For All campaign and get book 1 for free!


Thank you so much for supporting this blog and my writing over the years. You have all been such great readers, cheerleaders and friends. I couldn't ask for a better group of supporters! To show my gratitude and give you something you can share with your friends, I've made a goal to give away 1,000 downloads of Adaline. The downloads have been ticking away faster than I was able to make this post!

Book three of this series is due for release September 21st, so there's no better time to get into the Adaline books. Click the button below to claim your copy while supplies last (at the time of this posting, there's just 679 copies left)!


Again, I appreciate your support so, so much. I hope you enjoy your free book!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

How'd you like a free book (or three?)

Curie, book three in the Adaline series, is on its way. I'm in the editing process and while I'm getting it ready for my Alpha and then Beta readers, I've decided that this time around I'm going to try out giving away some ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) as well.

So, that means I need to figure out who to give them to. How about... you? If you're someone who likes to leave reviews, has a social media account where you can post a few pictures, and who likes free stuff, send me an email at Author@Kawaiitimes.com and let me know! I'm looking for people who either have:

(1) Read Adaline & Biocide and are willing to write a review of Curie the day of release.
(2) Have a social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other) with 200 or more followers who'd like to do a social review and do a giveaway for their followers.
(3) Have a book review blog, newsletter or website and are looking for quality fiction books to review.

If you meet any or all of those criteria, please let me know! I'm also looking for bookstores in Oregon and Washington to host book events, conventions and book festivals to promote my titles and book clubs who read books together and would like an evening with an author.

   

For details, please email Author@KawaiiTimes.com. 

Thank you!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Hundreds of lone children kept in cages... When fact follows fiction.

It's a surreal thing to read a news article that sounds like the synopsis for Adaline.

One of the news stories that was in my feed today was the story of unaccompanied children being kept in chain link cages by Homeland Security due to illegal entry to the United States. The gist of the article, if you haven't read it, is that families who have been found to be entering the U.S. illegally are being detained. While the parents or guardians of the children are awaiting trial, their children are being sent to detention centers where they are kept in large chain-link encased holding areas. 

In Adaline, children are born into an automated society where humans are essentially bred and then curated. A collection of perfect human clones, groomed and cared for by their robot overlords for no other reason than that's what the A.I. is programmed to do. But in the real world, the kids kept in cages aren't being curated. They're being held in limbo while they wait for an unknown period of time, awaiting a fate that is both unknown and frightening.

Of course, this isn't the first time concentration camp style mass imprisonment has been used in the U.S. In Wold War II we rounded up Japanese Americans because we were sure they were in cahoots with the Japanese government who'd bombed Oahu, Hawaii. Back then, legality of residence wasn't even a consideration. Our government detained our own citizens as a knee jerk reaction for being caught off guard by a military attack.

What's interesting, comparing these two historical times, is that when the U.S. thought its own citizens were working against it, it housed families together. And now, when the emotional crisis is much less severe, the solution has been to separate children from their parents. 

In Adaline, the children have no parents. That is, they've never had them. Humans are lab experiments that are born of a petri dish. I wonder if it's more damaging to have the warmth and care of a parent stripped away, or to not know the comfort of a family at all. 

For reference, the article that I read is here: Hundreds of lone children kept in cages

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Write for the Fans You'll Have in Ten Years

Yesterday while I was peddling away at the gym, I stumbled across the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast and it quickly became one of my new favorite podcasts to listen to. The episode I watched was #139 with guest author Joanna Penn. It was refreshing to hear authors talk frankly about what works for them (so many seem to keep their trials and errors close to their chest). My big takeaway was: Write for the fans you'll have in the future.


I tend to get caught up in the daily stats of what my writing is doing. Sometimes that can be a really empowering and exciting thing, when a book is climbing the charts because of a promotion or ad campaign. Sometimes, it's immensely depressing when there's nothing but crickets chirping on the charts and graphs. But Joanna Penn made a great point, and it's one that I want to keep front of mind as I continue to work on Curie, book three in my Adaline series.
I'm not writing for the readers that are looking at my website today.
I won't lie and say that my core readers of today aren't my rock. They are! I'm always so excited when someone who has been reading me for years comments on my most recent work. But they aren't really the person I'm writing for. The person I'm writing for is the person ten years from now who discovers one of my books and thinks it's pretty interesting, then falls in love with my writing and reads the rest of my backlist.

So how can we cater to the reader of the future? By writing more quality books for them to stumble upon. Yes! By writing more, we cast a wider net. Instead of finding those mega fans onesey-twosey like we do when we have one or two books, we can find those fans a dozen at a time as we have a broader catalog of work. To make your book successful, you need to have fans who are so excited by your writing that they'll tell everyone they know about it. That's how word of mouth marketing works. When we only have one book for them to trumpet about, they'll be selective in who they tell about us because they likely think that the book they read will only apply to certain people that they know. But what if we have a dozen books? Then they'll be able to share our work with more people because they'll be able to find a reader for each of our books because they enjoy our overall writing style and will find readers who can also connect.

How do I write for my future readers?
I'm doing my best to fill my catalog with interesting and wonderful works so that when those readers find me, whether it's a year, or ten years, or twenty years from now, they have a whole list of works to read through. So what I'm doing today is working towards completing the Adaline series. Later this year I'm going to expand the Convention series to three books, and then I'm adding the second title to the S is for Serial series as well.

So, if you're getting discouraged that your books aren't flying off the shelves (or they aren't getting put on shelves to begin with), take heart. Life is long and winding. As long as you keep pushing forward, readers will find you. Just keep doing your best to put yourself out there. Build your brand, build your backlist, and the success will come.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Show your support for Denise Kawaii's new book!

Well, isn't this embarassing? I haven't updated this blog in a LONG time.

 Support Woman With a Thousand Hats

Here's a quick update: Biocide, Book Two of the Adaline series launched! We had a big party, and lots of fanfare. It was great!

Now, a new book is on the horizon. My memoir - Woman With a Thousand Hats. It's coming out New Year's Eve and I'm so excited / horrified to be putting my story out there. The story of who I am and where I come from is littered with turbulent times, lots of humor, and a few "What was I thinking?" moments. My beta readers have had lots of lovely things to say about it so far, and I can't wait to release it to the public.

Speaking of releasing the book - that's where I need help! This time around I'm running a Thunderclap campaign to help push Woman With a Thousand Hats into viral internet territory. It's the easiest social media campaign platform I've tried so far. All you do is click the button for Facebook, Tumbler or Twitter, and you're done! Once I reach 100 supporters, the campaign will roll into action. On January 1st, 2018 Thunderclap will post the following message to your feed:

"This lady isn't your typical housewife. You've got to read the memoir Woman With a Thousand Hats by Denise Kawaii."

That's it! Please do ask your friends and family to join you in supporting this new book. I'll be posting an excerpt from it soon - so stay tuned!

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Biocide (Book 2 of the Adaline series) is coming April 29th!

It's taken a while, but Biocide is finally on the horizon. The first books are printing, the Kindle edition has been formatted (and you can pre-order it now), and peace and wonderment reign over the bookland.

 Biocide, Book Two

Here's a little bit about Biocide:

Boy 1124562 passed his first test. Can he survive the next?
When the Boys graduate from C.A.T., they are moved to a facility where new challenges await. At first, it seems like 62's new home comes with more freedom than he's ever had before. It doesn't take long for him to discover that the troubles of his past are nothing compared to the danger that awaits.
In his new home, 62 meets a Boy with no number who defies every truth in Adaline. Unsure if he can continue to follow the path that Adaline has laid out for him, 62 discovers that trying to make his own way comes with consequences far beyond anything he's ever imagined.

The  Biocide release party is booked, and you're invited!


Please join me April 29th at Vault Books & Brew for an afternoon of books,
friends and celebration. The Biocide Release party will be held from noon to 4pm.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The 2nd Edition of Adaline is LIVE!

Guess what? I've been writing.

Biocide, the second book in the Adaline series is in the final stages of production. I'm editing the manuscript now, and hope to have the book in print and ready for your bookshelf in just a few weeks. I'm so excited for the production of Biocide, that I just had to give Adaline a facelift to keep up with the direction that the series is going. There's a new cover, a couple of new sentences on the pages, and a nifty promotion for Biocide tucked into the back of the book. 

The Adaline series is taking its next big step forward, and as always I have to thank you readers for helping me to take the leap. This is my first time with a series and my first second edition. Many thanks to all of you for your patience, understanding and enthusiasm as I continue to write.

 Available on Amazon.

The upload is so fresh that I'm still waiting for Amazon to link the listings - so if you're looking, here are the links:


As always, if you'd like a signed paperback, you can order directly through me. Contact me at Author@KawaiiTimes.com for details.

Friday, February 19, 2016

S is for Serial - FREE through 2/21!

I am VERY excited to announce that S is for Serial under my author name D.K. Greene is FREE to download on Amazon Kindle through this Sunday (2/21/16). The novel has already begun climbing the charts, and is sitting at #14 on Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers in Paranormal Fiction as of this morning.

Hundreds of copies have already been downloaded through this promotion, and I am hoping to give away an additional 300 copies before the end of the week. If you have been waiting for "the perfect time" to download S is for Serial, this is it!

Download your copy here: S is for Serial, Kindle Edition

If you enjoy the book, please do go back to Amazon to leave a review. It will help future readers find my work to see if it is the right book for them.

Thank you everyone!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Read for Roughneck! Help Raise Money for Medical Care

Read for Roughneck! Learn how your love of books can help provide needed healthcare for Denise Kawaii's husband.
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Mr. Kawaii, aka "Roughneck", crafting at his workbench.

Please Read To Raise Money for a CT Scan and Meds.

It has been a long few months.

Mr. Kawaii, AKA "Roughneck", began to have flu like symptoms this summer following closing our family owned store. His illness has gotten progressively worse, with symptoms that would make even the most staunch horror fans squirm. Let's just say that his body has stopped properly digesting food, he has lost nearly 60 pounds since August, and although the doctors suspect Crohn's Disease there hasn't been any marked improvement with treatment (Western or Natural medicine - we've tried just about everything).

Roughneck is currently on leave from work and spends most of his time resting, researching and having lab tests done. Even with insurance his treatments are expensive and we are on the cusp of losing the little financial stability we have left. We have been selling what we own of value to try to keep up, but it is a hard race to win. As an example, the main medication Roughneck is on has a $1,200 price tag on the next 30 day refill. That is out-of-pocket as we have not yet met our annual deductible (Because, hey! It's January!).

We have been doing our best to keep this sob-story under wraps, but now it is time to swallow our pride and ask for help. I have debated doing a GoFundMe or similar fundraising campaign, but we live in a world saturated with people in need and I don't think it's fair to expect others to give something for nothing. The fact is, I write books and I would rather you get a book to read, give as a gift, or donate to your local library. At least then you get something out of the deal, right?

So here is what I ask. If you have already purchased, been given, or won one of my books (either byDenise Kawaii or D.K. Greene), please bump it up your "To Read" stack and if you enjoy it consider leaving a review on your favorite book buying site. If you have a friend or family member who likes to read, please let them know that my books exist. If you are a public library user, please ask your librarian to order a book in for members of your community to check out.

And if you haven't read any of my books, please do consider them the next time you are on the hunt for something to read. I've listed the titles to the right of this plea, so please feel free to click and research. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can  read most of them for free (and then I get a small % of your subscriber fee).

Jacobsen's Books & More in Hillsboro, Oregon also has hard copies of most of these titles if you want to support a local store. They are closing next month, sadly, so if you've been putting off checking them out I encourage you to do so. They have been a wonderful supporter of me and many other local authors, and I am glad to count them among my friends in the book world.

Thank you so much for reading this e-mail, and for helping our family to do our best to get Roughneck back in good health.
A tale of family, breakfast and murder. D. K. Greene is a new psychological horror author title under the /KawaiiTimes.com publishing banner.
A Sci-Fi adventure for readers 10 and up. Denise Kawaii delights in this tale filled with robots, mad scientists and clones.
Medical Fiction for families who have experienced degenerative brain function. A heartfelt tale of life from the speculative perspective of Alzheimer's / Dementia patients.
My debut novel, and where the publishing all started. A contemporary romance starring a troubled young woman, chat rooms and online dating. Perfect for anyone who was lonely in the 90's.
The Kawaii family on one of Roughneck's "good" days.