Monday, February 16, 2015

Kevin James Breaux brings SOUL BORN back in new Reborn Edition

http://amzn.com/B00SIEFG4A
 
Hi all,

Yep. SOUL BORN is back and all cleaned up in this new SOUL BORN: Reborn Edition.


What a journey.

I will not retell the entire publishing history... again. :) You can find it here and there on the internet and on this blog...

But, as you probably already know, when I got the rights back to Soul Born and Blood Divided in 4/2014, I knew these books had to be resurrected in some manner. So after editing Soul Born. And editing it again. And sending it to my editor. And re-reading it again... I was finally comfortable enough to send it to some trusted test readers(and fans of the series).

These people had read Soul Born before and after re-reading it, they gave lots of great new feedback. One guy, Aaron, WOW, he found all the typos my eyes would never have seen and simply read over. Thanks again, Aaron! I still owe you.

Lastly, I sent the book to some new readers who wanted to read it. They also gave some amazing and very helpful feedback. I am very fortunate.

But I was still scared to take that last step. Deep down, I wanted to re-write the book. Bring it to my current skill level... but that would have made it something new and no longer Soul Born. I could not do that to the fans of the series. I needed to get it back out there as it was originally intended, just fixed and polished.

So, after a few more weeks, I finally took that last scary step and uploaded it to Kindle.

Here's the link:



I am happy with the results... But I know it's not perfect.

DAMN, I'm so hard on myself. Those annoying perfectionist traits born from being an artist overwhelm me at times. And I get that feeling I used to get when I was drawing and doing comic book art all the time. I just want to crumble up my piece of paper and throw it away. It's just so hard to seperate the past and present. The Soul Born Saga is very much part of my past and part of those days I wish to move on from. At the same time, the book represent many lessons I have learned and friends I have made. I cannot abandon that. I cannot crumble that up. I will not throw that away.

It's my greatest hope that many of the fans of the Soul Born books will re-read this new edition. I set it up on Kindle so all readers who have the old (flawed small press) copies of the book will be able to get this new version at a great discount. I'm also running a sale in late March to further reduce the price.

I would love to hear people's thoughts. I hope the fans enjoy how I fixed things.

I will edit BLOOD DIVIDED next and re-release it in 2016. Until then, there are new versions of the e-stories popping up on my site and blogs too. Here is Soul Born Origins: Opal




Thanks all!

Write Makes Might!

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

Kevin James Breaux's DARK WATER: BEAMING SMILE is back!

This is a  novelette... basically a really long short story. :)

Hi all,

My award-winning supernatural-horror-thriller DARK WATER: BEAMING SMILE is once again available. Here is the link: http://amzn.com/B00S8P94WY

The publisher went out of business a year or so ago. Which was sad. This novelette was one of my favorite works. It even reached the Bram Stoker Prelim Ballot in 2011 for Long Fiction. See reading list here: http://www.horror.org/awards/2011readinglist.htm .

I decided to polish it up some and self publish it on Amazon as a Kindle Book. But at the moment, I am not sure what to do next. How do I promote this? It's basically a short story for .99. Not something to worry myself to death with. But as I said before, it won an award and reached the prelims in another award. It was even read/acted out on a internet radio show.

Here is the audio page: http://thedramapod.com/component/muscol/H/2-tim-heffernan/2-halloween-camp-fire-stories/8-halloween-stories-episode-2?Itemid=101

So this story may be one of the works I am most noted for... but with its absence from publication...

I could use some help spreading the word that it's back. So please tweet and Facebook about it. Any help or suggestions on how to promote it would be great. Thanks!

Write Makes Might!

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kevin James Breaux 2014 Year in Writing



Writing Life

2014 was a different kind of year for me. In the beginning of the year, I had one goal. Just one. Get an agent. I had spent all of 2013 editing, learning, increasing my skill level--I was ready.  At the end of April, when I was just starting to doubt myself, it happened. I signed with an agent. A REALLY GOOD AGENT: Marisa A. Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

http://www.corvisieroagency.com/Marisa_A_Corvisiero.html

Marisa Corvisiero
 After signing with her I had to re-plan my year. I did not need to spend any more time sending queries. No more time waiting for replies… So I decided it was time to write another book.  I started writing the sequel to ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL, which was now represented and being read by Marisa.

Just a little hint.

This was a tough year for writing and it was filled with many family distractions. My wife was not feeling well most of the Summer and it was a real struggle for me at times. But we got through it all.

I was communicating with Marisa off and on. And she gave me lots of very encouraging feedback. All the while, I was climbing and holding the top ranks at Publishers Marketplace. I was doing something right. lol. Check back a few posts to read all about that.

I like to stay organized and I set a goal for myself to finish my new book at around 120K words, before X-Mas. I managed to met both. The book ended up just shy of 120K words and I was done before the New Year. 

Many of you know how I write. I write like an painter paints with oils. Layer over layer over layer. So when I finished this book it was not in first draft. It was more like fifth draft. With the exception of the last three chapters. So I read and re-read them. Totally scrapped the end and re-wrote it. :)

After the New Year, I edited the entire book in one week. And as of a few days ago, the book is in the hands of Gretchen, my kick ass editor. Why? Because she is a great source of advise. She knows how I write. Knows what I want. And she knows how to keep my writing flowing when, at times, I add too much info.

So yes… my year of writing was comprised of two things. Get and agent. Write a new book. And if you have read this blog you know I am capable of SOOOO much more. That one year… I wrote an insane amount of words (like four three books worth). And in 2013 I edited three books three times!!!  So what took so long this year?

I decided to write this new book, a sequel, very carefully. I keep saying “mindful”, it’s the word of the year. I was very mindful when I wrote this book. I kept the first book close, and took lots of notes for both books. I made sure the two tied together… and then I saw it. My skill level increased. And man… did I go full-tilt erotic in this one. I mean, I often flirt with the line but don’t totally cross it. I kinda crossed it this time, and when I looked back... that line was so far away it was a blur.  And not just because my eyes are strained from staring at the computer so much….

Do I feel like I accomplished enough this year? Yes and no. I got my agent. I mean, I FINALLY got my agent. Something I have been trying to do since 1998-1999. That goal alone should make me feel like I won the year, but I am a perfectionist and I wanted more. Agent and book written? Closer. But I still wanted to end 2014 with more. Another goal completed. 

I had to accept and move on. 

BUT 2015…. OH my goals are huge. I want to write the sequel to THE LIFEBLOOD OF ILL-FATED WOMEN and have at least one, preferably two, book deals underway. I really want a book out so I can attend the book shows and signings that I get invited to every year. I also want to make some movement on my one comic book script. Should it be a comic or a graphic novel or another book? It reads funny as a book…. but it would look hilarious as a comic.  

Creativity has never been about the money for me, but yes, I need some writer income this year.  OH MAN do I ever. 

**It just occurred to me that in the beginning of the year I re-edited SOUL BORN too. While waiting on queries, I re-read and re-edited that thing the best I could while resisting the urge to entirely re-write it. If I re-wrote it, it would not have been SOUL BORN any more. YES, it would have been at my current skill level, but it would have read entirely different. So I fixed it up as best I could. It feels more like a YA Fantasy now, since I write much harder core now. It is my first book… And now that it’s fixed up and has been read by test readers, it will be reborn in Kindle format. Soon. Very soon.  

So in conclusion, I am very grateful that I signed with an excellent agent who I gel with amazingly. I am also very pleased with the book I wrote this year. I just want to bring home the big win. And in 2015 I will. 

Write Makes Might!

Thanks all,

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com





Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays from Kevin James Breaux

Happy Holidays!




Happy Holidays to all!

Sorry I have not updated in a while. Been super busy... and holidays... yeah... them. You all know how they take tons of time.

So... YES, I finally went to the new generation video game systems.

It's kinda funny. Right in the middle of debating it, one of my friends, who I have not had a chance to game with in a lifetime, bought a Xbox One. I wanted to drag my feet longer. I really wanted to wait another six months to a year, but when he got the system it lit a fire under me and... I jumped.

On Cyber Monday, I found a great deal and now I have the Xbox One. I am just barely getting used to it and only playing DESTINY at the moment. The graphics are great. Smooth gameplay. Good game.

But more importantly... Dragon Age: Inquisition. Yep, I'm playing that on Xbox 360. I love that series and I pre-ordered that game long ago. Sure, the 360 version has some glitchy graphics at times, but I played all the other Dragon Age games on 360 and wanted to keep the streak.

Do I like it? Oh, I love it! It took about 5 hours to get invested into the game--and now--at about hour 25, I am totally addicted. I'm gonna post a picture of my character below (just like I did with SKYRIM).

My Mage. Right after sealing the breach.

It's fantastic how you can import your storyline from the first two games to this one. It has allowed me to have a few plot specific things happen. Very cool.

Anyway, I have not been gaming all this time. I have been writing like crazy. I am almost done my current #WIP which is my seventh book. It is the sequel to my urban fantasy, ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL, which my agent will be shopping around soon. (Maybe already is). This sequel has been tons of fun to write, but I have also been very mindful of everything I am doing. I have had to go back and forth with the previous book, fact check, tie things together just right, etc.

I should finish writing the book this month. When done, I will re-read and edit some. Next month, I will send it to my editor. She knows my writing and my style. I have made some notes for her; things I am questioning and ideas I have for the book and series. I am excited to have her read the story and can't want to hear her thoughts.

At the moment, I'm thinking this book will end up around 118K words, but then edit down to about 105K. Not too shabby.

Other news... I recently re-edited and re-published the first of the SOUL BORN SAGA origin stories. SOUL BORN ORIGINS: OPAL. Click the link below for the .PDF.

 


The new REBORN edition of SOUL BORN is also ready to go.  I will work on putting it up for sale on Amazon in the new year. Soul Born has been out of print way too long! I want to get it back out as an e-book for all the fans. :)

2015 stands to see a lot of movement and news here: book deals, book releases, book signings. I can't wait. Good bye 2014! Hello future.



Hope you all have a nice holiday and new year.

Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com