Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Release! Rosinanti by #Author Kevin J. Kessler



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Rosinanti (The Rosinanti Series Book 1)



By Kevin J. Kessler


Genre: Fantasy Action Adventure


238 pages


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The Rosinanti Dragons are no more. Since their extinction nearly one thousand years ago these primal powerhouses have fallen into the obscurity of history’s forgotten lore. In that time, humans have come to dominate the world of Terra, peacefully ignorant to one horrifying truth: ancient evil stirs around them, waiting to reclaim its lost world. For Valentean Burai, animus warrior of the kingdom of Kackritta, the details surrounding humanity’s victory over the Rosinanti are more than just a history lesson. The long-buried mysteries of this archaic conflict may hold the answers that he has so desperately sought regarding his own past. As the awful truth of the Rosinanti’s supposed demise comes to light, Valentean must stand together with Seraphina, a magically gifted princess, to embark upon a mission to maintain order and light throughout Terra. Only together can these two lifelong friends face down the resurgence of the Rosinanti legacy, and combat the greatest threat their world has ever known.





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Also Available in Kindle Unlimited and Paperback



5 OUT OF 5 STARS!!!


“Brilliant” ~ Tim Hamlin


“MUST READ FANTASY” ~ Peace & Patriots


“What a way to make a debut!!!!!!!” ~ Allie


“An amazing page turner by Kevin Kessler” ~ Amazon Customer







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ALSO AVAILABLE


Rosinanti: The Decimation of Casid (A Rosinanti Novella, Volume 1.5)
By Kevin J. Kessler


Genre: Fantasy Action Adventure

58 pages


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While an entire world away, men turn into dragons and ancient magic ignites the air, Casid lived on in peaceful ignorance. This tiny village and its people existed outside of the conflict which threatened to swallow Terra, until the day chaos itself landed upon its shores.


Now, one lone warrior seeks to protect his family, his friends, and the woman he loves as demons rise from the flames to burn everything he has ever loved to ash. This man is no god, no fundamental force of nature. He is simply a man, alone against the fury of chaos.


Casid will be decimated, consumed by the same blaze which threatens to overtake all of Terra. But what will rise from the ashes of this once perfect haven, forged in the fires of tragedy and loss, might become the most fearsome opponent the darkness has ever known.





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AUTHOR BIO


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Kevin J. Kessler lives in Orlando Florida, where he owns the White Dragon Podcast Network, which puts out weekly podcasts on a variety of topics from Walt Disney World, to movies, television, comic books, video games and more.


A lifelong geek, Kessler can often be found at the many theme parks and local attractions in Orlando.


He developed the story for Rosinanti as a sophomore in high school, sixteen years before the book’s release.


Since an early age, Kessler has been an avid reader, often found lost within the magical worlds found within the pages of fantasy novels.


"It was always my dream to create such a world of my very own," he said. "Even as a kid when my friends would want to play Power Rangers or X-Men, I would always create a new Ranger or Mutant rather than portray an established character. There is power in creativity! Creativity breeds creation!"


CONNECT ONLINE!


OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.authorkevinjkessler.com



TWITTER: @KevinJKessler


INSTAGRAM: @WhiteDragonPN


OFFICIAL ROSINANTI FAN GROUP: www.facebook.com/groups/rosinanti





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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Audio Book #Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY!



The audio book to Ameerah’s story is out. You can listen to a sample hereà https://www.amazon.com/Ameerah/dp/B01NCOAMUU/

Here are a couple of reviews I just received from fans who listened to the audio book:

The WHOLE story was great. Listening to this story was wonderful since it seemed as if I was listening in on the conversations and I was pulled into her time. It was as if I had never read the book before and I was feeling wonderfully excited and a bit vulnerable since I was a little frightened listening to it.

Was so good, wanted to keep listening to it. Was like listening to a movie, you could visualize it as it's read! Highly recommend it! 5 stars!

I’m giving away an audio book. Here’s what you have to do to enter:


Put in comments you did.

Share this post.

That’s it!

I’ll announce the winner this weekend.

*Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway*




Sunday, January 15, 2017

What Is A Beta Reader?

Once upon a time ago, I had no clue what a beta reader was. What the hell are they? I never even heard of the term, until I entered the literary world.

According to Wikipedia, a beta reader is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released to the public. Beta readers are not proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.

Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with characterization or believability.

I personally think the beta reader’s job is to make sure the story flows, check for plot issues, characterization, believability, spelling and grammar errors. However, it’s not their job to edit your manuscript. What I mean by this is a beta reader is not supposed to carefully read line by line to specifically check for goof-ups. 

Since last Friday, I’d talked to both a self-published and a traditionally published author regarding what a beta reader’s job is. I had also approached a beta reader/proof reader/editor and asked her what she thought about this issue as well. Basically, in a nutshell, all of them told me beta readers are invaluable writer’s aids, but they aren’t editors. Here’s what a beta reader’s job is:

A beta reader’s job is to:

1.) Make sure your story flows nicely.

2.) If there are plot holes, tell you about them.

3.) Point out spelling and grammar errors when he or she spots them.

4.) The believability of the tale. Is it cheesy? Stupid? Too far-fetched?

5.) Characterization. Are the characters relatable? Are they three dimensional? Are they boring cardboard cutouts with no individuality? Are they clones?

6.) Bring it to your attention if you’ve missed something, like in the same scene your character is wearing shorts, and then all of a sudden he has on a ghillie suit and you didn’t explain why. 

  
Anyway, if you’re an author or plan to be, it’s imperative to have a beta reader or critique partner. You want your story to rock, and the only way to accomplish that goal is to polish your tale as much as you can. With the help of another set of eyes and a mutual understanding of what is expected from both parties, you’ll be well on your way to a kickass novel. 



Friday, January 13, 2017

Do You Believe In Bigfoot?




I don’t know if you know this about me, but when my parents were married, my dad used to hunt for Bigfoot. One time when he came back from one of his trips, he brought back a plastered impression of a huge footprint. I was five at the time and took it to school for show and tell. LOL. My classmates were in total awe. My teacher, on the other hand, rolled her eyes, but hey, I was a rockstar that day. :)

I don’t know if I believe in Bigfoot but that and the paranormal world was a huge part of my upbringing. I think that’s why I love writing paranormal stories. Not to mention, my knowledge and experience aid me in creating those tales.

Anyway, last month, there was a Bigfoot sighting in a town not too far from me. I thought it was interesting.

Bigfoot in rural North Dakota?

Anyway, here’s the article if you want to check it out. http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2017/jan/10/one-the-trail-of-bigfoot-in-north-dakota/


Do you believe in Bigfoot?


What are your thoughts on it?