Wilde's Fire

The exciting first book of the Darkness Falls series!

Wilde's Army

The second installment of Darkness Falls.

Wilde's Meadow

The conclusion of Katriona and Arland's story.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Almost Gone. Get More Stuff!

It's the end of Week Three of my Wildest Moments Tour/Blogfest, and as promised, I have another very special giveaway planned.

Entry is easy.  And look at these prizes!


BECOMING by Raine Thomas (ebook)

EVER by Jessa Russo (ebook)

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Pretty Nails

Kid #2: Mommy, I want to paint your nails.

Me: Maybe later.

5 minutes later.

Kid #2: Mommy, I want to paint your nails.

Me: Grrr. How about tomorrow?

Husband: Oh, just let her paint your nails.

Me (Grumbles because I want to let her but know it will be messy): Oh fine.



Don't forget to celebrate forgetfulness! Enter this easy contest. You might win a signed set of all three of my books!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Give Thanks

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. 2012 has been a whirlwind of publishing books and taking on major roles within a publishing house and making friends.

It's also been a year that I've realized great things are within my reach, and trust me, I'm about to grab them!

So, with that, I'm here to THANK YOU. My family, my friends, my peers, my fans, everyone who reads my blogs or my books or helps spread the news I'm always blabbering about.

Without you and your help and support, I'd be nothing. It is through your faith in me that I can do the things I do, and it is through your smiling faces that I continually move forward.

I hope everyone in the U.S. has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving, and to those who don't live here, I hope your Thursday and Friday and every day for the rest of your lives are filled with JOY!

Now that all the mushy gushy is out of the way, I need to let you in on a little secret. Curiosity Quills, my publisher, has decided to host a Black Friday Blowout! Every one of our titles is now just 99 cents! Can you believe that?

If you've been waiting to buy Wilde's Army and Meadow (Wilde's Fire was already 99 cents), you don't have to wait any longer.

But you have to HURRY! This 99 cent Blow Out lasts through Sunday, then the prices go up to $7 or $9 or something like that!

And, just so you know, if you purchase any of my titles, a portion of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

What could be better than that?

Check out the Curiosity Quills catalogue and then head over to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, or wherever you buys books and grab your copy today.


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Want Stuff? I've Got More!

It's the end of Week Two of my Wildest Moments Tour/Blogfest, and as promised, I have another very special giveaway planned.

Entry is easy.  And look at these prizes!

ZOMBIE BEDTIME STORIES 1-3 by Thea Isis Gregory (ebook)

WOMAN OF HONOR by Nicole Zoltack (ebook)

BROKEN DESTINY by Carlyle Labuschagne (ebook)

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Celebrate Forgetfulness

We've all been known to forget a thing or two, right?


Some days I'm sure I forget many things.

So, when I realized my blog tour stop hosts forgot to post what we'd arranged, I didn't get upset. Instead, I'm deciding to celebrate their forgetfulness!

Just play along with the Rafflecopter below, and on December 5th, I'll choose three winners for signed paperback copies of all three of my books. Depending on participation, I may increase the amount of books I give away.

<3 Krystal
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

On My Kindle

While busy prepping for the release of Wilde's Meadow--which included writing, promoting, editing, promoting, biting off my nails, promoting--I missed out on a lot of reading time.

So, for the last couple weeks, all I've done is read read read! I love reading, as you can imagine, and I've missed it so terribly.

I'm here to share with you what crazy little stories have appeared on my Kindle and kept me up late at night--sometimes into the wee hours of the morning--with wonderful, imagination-tantalizing pleasure!

First, let's start with Hidden by PC and Kristen Cast. This mother and daughter team of writers were brought to my attention by my mother in law, who, accidentally, purchased a boxed set of books 1-5 when she mistook it for a different series I'd asked for.

I figured why not? Right?

That's a good way to find a new book. And while I was intrigued by the first couple books in the series, they keep getting worse and worse and worse. Honestly, I'm not sure why I kept reading this one. It was just a wash, rinse, repeat version of every other book in the series. Frankly I just want it all to end, but I'm not the giving up type.

This book received 2 stars from me.

The next book I read is The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I love Michelle Hodkin.

She is awesome.

This book far surpassed the first in the series, and it left me a little heartbroken and screaming NOOOOOAAAAHHHH!

For fans of this series, you will not be disappointed. If you haven't read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I suggest you pick it up and devour it! Amazing work, and a really strong character. While Mara does some things that outright grate on my nerves, I think that's all the more awesome because she feels so real!

I rated this book 4 stars, but it could have easily received 5.

And we cannot forget Anna Dressed in Blood, or the sequel Girl of Nightmares. These books were recommended to me by my good friend Susie, who Dughbal likes to call Susanna--muahhahaa.

They came as an AWESOME surprise. Who knew I'd like YA horror so much? A few bodies ripped in half, a little romance, some high school drama, crime, mystery, and demonic crap?

Yep, I love it!

They were not what I expected at all. The author delves into the paranormal while mixing in some Celtic-ish fantasy as well.

She achieves this with great success too. Especially in the second book, which is much more adventurous than the first and delves into deeper childhood problems--like friendship, and we all know friendships suck when your a teenager.


That was just me? Fine.

Anyway, want action, adventure, and ghosts, and a little romance? Read these books!

I rated the first a 4 star and the second a 5.

Last, but certainly not least, is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This book isn't new to anyone but me really, but that's okay. I'm late to the scene. I get it.

There's also a movie coming out about this one. I watched the trailer. It looks very not close to the book. Go figure.

Anyhoo. Where do I start with this one? The first 30% of the book--that's how I gauge things on my Kindle--seemed to drag on for me. It's a front-loaded high fantasy, meaning there is a TON of information/world building thrown at you from the get go. Overwhelmingly so. So much so that I kept falling asleep while trying to read.

But, if you can get past that, and I advise you should, you will be treated with a wonderfully developed tale of angels, demons, and humans, and a war all located in New York City.

I've been trying to tell people for years that NYC is not a nice place. :-P

The pace and action pick up, and the little history lessons get dribbled in at all the right moments.

Now, I have to warn you, there is a plot device in this book that turned my stomach sour. Really sour. Nearly vomiting sour. I wouldn't buy the next book in the series until I read every blurb for the other published book in this series to see if that plot device ever resolved itself. When I was satisfied, I purchased City of Ashes.

Because of the slow start, and that disgusting plot device, I rated City of Bones 3.5 stars. (This could be because I'm totally in love with Jace. Who knows. You should read it and find out!)

That's all for now. I have a bunch of other books I plan on reading starting tonight.

Happy Bookworming, everyone!

<3 Krystal


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Wildest Moment

So I've asked you guys to post your Wildest Moment for the blogfest/blog hop, and I think it's time for me to talk about mine. Yes, talk. Sometimes my most inspired moments occur in the car, and rather than pull over and write them down, I record them.

LISTEN HERE====>>>>>My Wildest Moment<<<<=====LISTEN HERE

For those of you who'd prefer to read a transcript of my Wildest Moment, I've been generous enough to type this for you.


I've had a lot of wild moments in my life. A lot of wild moments. But not all of them were particularly inspirational. A lot of them were definitely life changing. Not always for the better either.

If you're close to me, you know that my teenage years were troubled. Troubled would be putting it lightly. If you're not close to me, you probably think that I'm a very innocent, modest woman who rarely uses foul language and is sweet as pie--and you would be totally wrong.

Although I'm not that same troubled teenager I was--I have definitely recovered from that dark period in my life--it's definitely made me the strong woman I am today. Now, however, this is about wild moments.

So, again, I had a lot of wild moments. But one particularly wild moment in my life, one that really changed my course, was when my poor parents couldn't take my troubled youth-self anymore. You know, they put me through hell, I put them through hell, and we both seemed to be fighting for what we believed in and what was right, and they just kind of hit a breaking point with me. They asked me to sign a contract to live under their roof. They thought, alright, she doesn't want to be homeless, let's have her sign this contract. She has to abide by a certain amount of rules, and if she doesn't, she can't live here anymore.

This contract was like a beacon for my troubled teenage self. It screamed SIGN IT SIGN IT SIGN IT. BREAK IT BREAK IT BREAK IT.


This is all I ever really wanted to do was leave, run away from my problems. I wanted to be--it's not so much that I wanted to run away from my problems, but I thought that if I could get a fresh start, if I could get out of the rut I was in, that I would somehow magically be better.

I was wrong, of course, but anyway, I digress.

So I signed this contract, gladly, knowing that I had every intention of breaking it. And I did. Really fast. And I remember the argument with my parents. I'm sure it tore them--they probably remember it more than I do. But I just remember that feeling of relief when I came home after breaking that contract and thinking finally I have an escape, I can escape all this darkness, I can leave it behind me.

And so I left. We fought. I left.

And I kept my job at an Ihop, and I lived in my friends' apartment with them.

And let me tell you: life wasn't any better.

I was a 16 year old girl trying to live on my own, and luckily I had friends who had apartments and I wasn't totally homeless, and I did have a good job where I made decent money as a waitress, which is not a lot of money, but as a 16 year old, you don't really have a lot of bills. So it seemed like a lot then.

But, since I was a 16 year old girl, my parents had a conversation with my employer, and my employer let me go. My parents came to me, waving a white flag, and they said, alright Krystal, you can't keep going down this path. This isn't the life you want to live.

I knew they were right. For once, I kind of agreed with them.

I knew this was not the life I wanted to live. Krystal Wade--not my real name, but Krystal Wade--did not want to live a life of working in restaurants and living out of other people's apartments and having a broken family life.

I knew that. I knew that's not what I wanted.

So when they came with their white flag and said, your sister, in Virginia, has offered for you to come and live with her. I jumped on it.

I left everything behind. I didn't say goodbye to my friends. I didn't say goodbye to my boyfriend. I just got in my parent's car, let them take me down to my brother's house in Dallas while I was waiting for my plane trip. I had a small duffle bag full of things that I probably didn't need, and I flew to Virginia.

All because I was wild and I broke that contract.

And let me tell you: my troubles followed me because part of my trouble was with myself. My trouble was that I didn't believe enough in myself, I didn't believe I was truly a good person, I didn't believe I was deserving of love--and not even my own love.

But that move, that move, that wild moment where I just fled, I knew that I could make things better. And I did. I worked really hard. Things did get worse before they got totally better, but I made a life in Virginia. And let me tell you, you can make your own life, you can carve out your path in any mountain that stands before you. All you have to do is carry that determination with you and move forward, and it doesn't matter who stands in your way, you can carve out a wonderful life for yourself . . . if you try.

So, the point of this story: even when times are dark, even when you are at your wildest--maybe not best but wildest--moment and you do something totally life changing, it can still work out okay, and I'm living proof of it.

Every day, I think that thank God, thank GOD!

So, that is all. That is my wildest moment. I do not recommend that anybody ever get in enough trouble where they have to sign a contract to live at home with their parents. That is all.

Thank you for listening.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wildest Moments Blogfest

It's time to write those stories, folks. Share your Wildest Moment, and you might win a brand new Kindle Fire!

All you have to do is blog about a time you did something wild, something life changing. Jumped from a perfectly good airplane? Quit your job to write full time? I’m looking for fun, heart-pumping, or inspirational stories that you have experienced. “Wilde” things you've completed on your quest to grow up or move on.

Don’t blog? Put the cover of WILDE’S MEADOW up on your FB wall, pin it on Pinterest, or change your twitter avatar to the cover. Use the words “Wildest Moments” somewhere to go with the picture and link back to this post. (I will still enter you to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card–or B&N–and all three Darkness Falls books on December 5th)

Anyone who posts their Wildest Moments between November 12th-23rd can enter to win a Kindle FIRE ($199), Kindle Fire Skins, or a $15 Amazon Gift Card. Yes, this means I will visit each blog and read your “wildest” moments.

Don't forget that this is a blog hop!!



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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Only In Her Nightmares

I'm taking a break from promoting Wilde's Meadow to bring you a cover reveal for Christina McKnight. She's been a superb supporter of mine, so it's only fair I continue supporting her!


We're in this together, folks!

Can he defy his destiny to claim the woman who rules his nightmares?


You can find out more about Christina and her awesome work here:

Website www.christina-mcknight.blogspot.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/CMcKnightWriter

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/ChristinaMcKnight

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/christinavellamcknight


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Want Stuff? I've got it!

It's the end of Week One of my Wildest Moments Tour/Blogfest, and as promised, I have a very special giveaway planned.

Entry is easy.  And look at these prizes!

FADE by A.K. Morgen (ebook)

WILD AT HEART VOL. 2 by Brinda Berry and Romance Trading Cards


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day Four of Wilde and Craziness

Well, due to some website issues, this post is going up a tad bit late, but better late than later, right?

Anyway, I didn't have any giveaways yesterday, but there are a few going on now. If you're following my Kismet tour, you can enter to win the Google Nexus 7 (and other great prizes) over at Stacy's blog. You can also read about what songs helped shape the story of Wilde's Fire.

If you're following along on my tour, you will find me on Brinda Berry's blog today, discussing my biggest distractions and giving away an ecopy of Wilde's Meadow and a $5 Amazon gift card.

The wonderful and amazing Jaycee DeLorenzo also opened up her blog to me today. She gave me a sweet shout out this morning, so make sure you stop by and thank her!

In case you don't have time to hop over to Brinda's blog for the giveaway, I've included the Rafflecopter event here.

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And last but not least, don't forget about the Wildest Moments blog hop that starts next week. Share your Wildest Moment, and you might win a Kindle FIRE!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wilde Day Three

Well, it's day three here in the Wilde's Meadow release month, and I have more winner announcements to make!

Apparently the LUCK GODS favor our raffle winner, because she not only won an ecopy of Wilde's Meadow, she also won the $5 Amazon gift card.

Everyone can now glare at Amanda Robinson, all while she laughs and shouts SUCKERS in her head. (Your gifts are on their way, Amanda!)

Onto the tour announcements. You can find a nice little interview by Hannah by visiting her blog--and this is also the place where you can enter to win the Google Nexus 7 (and other great prizes)!!

Also, you can visit my great friend Johanna Pitcairn and read about her Wildest Moment--yes, she's posted a tad early, but that's okay--but if you comment, you will be entered to win Skins for your phone! How cool is that?

Or, if you're looking for some straight-from-the-source tips on How to Survive Encardia, visit my other amazing friend Ayden Morgen.

Last, but not least, be sure to enter the Wildest Moments Blogfest (bloghop) for your chance to win a Kindle Fire!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tour de Wilde

Day 2 of the Darkness Falls Tour is here! Before I share the links to great prizes with you, I want to announce the winners of yesterday's Raffle!

Laura Archer and Shannon Romein, come on down. You're the first winners of the ridiculously easy giveaway on my blog! Your prizes will be on their way shortly! Keep an eye on your inbox (or your spam!).

Now, if you want your chance to win a Google Nexus 7 (or many other great prizes), visit: Pam @ Paranormal Reads.

If you want another opportunity to win a ebook copy of Wilde's Fire or a $5 Amazon gift card, visit Mandy Anderson (she has an exclusive excerpt from Wilde's Meadow, too! And if you don't have time to stop by her blog, I've copied the Rafflecopter onto my blog as well. You'll find it below.)


If you want to spend some time with the amazing, the funny and witty Jamie Ayres--who asked me a few questions and thinks my day job is TOP SECRET, check out her BLOG NOW!

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The Wildest Moments Blogfest starts next week! Make sure you check out the details!


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Wilde's Meadow Release Day

Well, the day is here, the day Wilde's Meadow hits virtual stands and a few physical stands.

To celebrate, I'm all over the web with reviews, interviews, giveaways, etc.

One of my fellow busy authors seems to have misplaced my release day giveaway post, so I'm here to offer you all an opportunity to win an ebook copy of Wilde's Meadow or a $5 Amazon Gift Card.

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Make sure you visit all the tour stops . . . there's a chance to win a Google Nexus 7!! And don't forget to sign up for the Wildest Moments Blogfest where you could win a Kindle Fire!

November 5th - Jen
November 6th - Pam
November 7th - Hannah
November 8th - Stacy
November 9th - Shreya
November 12th - Damaris
November 13th - Jessica
November 14th - Susan
November 15th - Benji @ The Non Reluctant Reader
November 16th - Colette at A Buckeye Girl Reads
November 19th - Anagha
November 20th - Terri
November 21st - Tori
November 22nd - Laurie
November 23rd - Ana

November 5 - Mara Valderran
November 5 - Matthew Graybosch - Interview and Giveaway
November 6 - Jamie Ayres - Interview
November 6 - Mandy Anderson - Excerpt and Giveaway
November 7 - Johanna Pitcairn - Giveaway
November 7 - Ayden Morgen - 10 Rules for Surviving Encardia
November 8 - Brinda Berry - Biggest Distractions and Giveaway
November 8 - Jaycee DeLorenzo
November 9 - Jessica Wentz - Interview and Giveaway

November 10 - My Blog - Giveaway (ebook FADE, ebook WILD AT HEART VOL2, Romance Trading Cards, THE TRUTHS ABOUT DATING AND MATING-signed paperback)

November 12 - Susie Levine - Giveaway
November 12 - Thea Gregory
November 13 - Kay Froebel
November 13 - Nicole Zoltack - My Favorite Lines
November 14 - Carlyle Pretorius
November 14 - Charity Bradford - Giveaway
November 15 - Talynn Lynn - Giveaway
November 16 - Amanda Foody - Interview
November 16 - Mike Robinson - Excerpt

November 17 - My Blog - Giveaway (ebook ZOMBIE BEDTIME STORIES 1-3, ebook WOMAN OF HONOR, ebook BROKEN DESTINY)

November 19 - Krystalyn Drown
November 20 - Raine Thomas - Excerpt
November 20 - Jessa Russo - Review
November 21 - Vicki Trask
November 22 - Christina McKnight
November 23 - Carrie Slager - Interview

November 24 - My Blog - Giveaway (THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER, ebook BECOMING, ebook EVER)

November 26 - Farrah Sayyed - Interview
November 26 - Debra Kristi - Interview
November 27 - Felicia Wetzig - Interview and Giveaway
November 27 - James Wymore -
November 28 - Carolyn Brown
November 29 - Dawna Raver - Review
November 29 - Sylvia van Bruggen - Interview
November 30 - Lisa Collicutt - Review

December 1 - My Blog - Giveaway (MINDSCREENS, THE GATHERING DARKNESS and Swag)


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Me and a Tree

I looked up the eighty-foot tall tree in our backyard and cringed when I saw a man tethered to harnesses, a chainsaw hanging from his belt.
"He's either very brave or very stupid," I said to my husband, who was taking tons of pictures of the people removing dead trees before Hurricane Sandy's arrival.

"Nah. He's a professional." The awe in his voice—or was that jealousy—made me worried he might make a trip to the climbing store and try to take a few trees down on his own.

Please, God, no!

Limb after limb fell to the ground with earth-rattling thuds, and thousands of red and yellow leaves drifted through the air like snowflakes in winter.

The scene captivated me, rooted me in place, and I watched with sweaty palms and a cup of coffee. After about a half-hour of cutting and tying off and dropping the branches, the crew climbed down and then cut down the massive trunk.

My family clapped and cheered, and Kid #3 cried, "Pick it up, Daddy. Pick up that tree!"

She was serious, too! I've never seen her look so upset.

And me, well, I wanted in on the action. I wanted to watch them remove more trees. I wanted to hold a chainsaw and understand the expression hot knife through butterwhen people referred to the power of the logger's best friend.

I wanted to cut down a tree.

Good thing we had a few more that needed removing—ones that were small enough for us to handle and too expensive to have the tree guys remove.

So, we loaded up our family and drove to Lowes. A small investment in rope later, and we were back at home, putting Kid #3 down for a much needed nap, pulling out our gloves, the 4-wheeler, the chainsaw, and all that other stuff.

Once the baby was sleeping peacefully, I rode the 4-wheeler through the woods—yes, I totally love living in the "sticks." I helped my hubs tie the rope around one tree and the winch of the 4-wheeler, then we tied the 4-wheeler to another tree.

We decided it would be best for me to stay with the 4-wheeler while he used the chainsaw—yeah, he's smarter than me; I would have killed myself—and we even worked out hand signals.

"While I'm cutting, you press the 'in' button to keep tension on the line. Got it?"

I nodded, held my breath, and waited.

He started the chainsaw and the cutting.

Wait? Which way's in? What if I hit the wrong button? What if the tree crashes into the house? What if we didn't tie the 4-wheeler down properly?

I probably shouldn't sit on it.

Checking the buttons repeatedly, I pressed 'in', then watched the weight of the tree slowly pull the line back out.

Shit! What if it's too big for the winch?

My hubs moved away from the tree and put his thumbs up in the air.

Gulp. I pressed the 'in' button, and the effing 4-wheeler lifted off the ground!

It liftedoff the ground! "The 4-wheeler's moving!!"


He restarted the chainsaw and returned to cutting, and I returned to freaking out, keeping as much tension as I possibly could while he was beside something that could easily take his life.

What were we thinking?

Hubby moved away from the tree and stuck his thumbs in the air again, and next thing I knew, all the tension went away and a crack echoed through our woods.

Crack, crack, crack.

Oh. My. God. That tree is coming right toward me!

I knew I was far enough away, but what would you do if a fifty-foot tree fell in your direction? Run. That's what you would do; don't say you wouldn't!

The ground vibrated, and I laughed my ass off.


"That was awesome!" I shouted, running toward my husband and jumping over dead branches.

He smiled at me, all proud and probably in shock that his wife didn't eff things up.

We spent the next few hours removing tiny trees and clearing the felled ones from the path, and then I took Kid #2 and #1 on 4-wheeler rides.

Overall, it was a pretty spectacular day . . . and no one got hurt!


<3 Krystal

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