September Newsletter – Two Giveaways!

It’s officially fall (or autumn depending on which you prefer) here in Missouri which means the days are getting cooler, unfortunately also shorter, and the leaves are starting to show their lovely colors. I know some of you have already experienced snow, others are still seeing hot temperatures, and those on the west coast of the U.S.A. and Canada are just trying to brave through another round of forest fires and smoke clouds. Whatever you are living through right now, know that as always my prayers are with you for a safe and healthy month ahead.

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It’s crazy to think that it’s already been almost a month since the e-book release of my World War I novel, Broken Lines.  I would like to thank each and every one of you who pre-ordered and purchased. If you would be willing to write a review, I would be extremely appreciative. With a wealth of books on the market, reviews are so important to an author in finding the right readers and ensuring that readers find books they’ll enjoy. Even one or two lines makes a big difference!

In other news, I have been diligently working on Unsettled Shores, having completed about 30% of the first draft. My hope is to complete the first draft by the end of December, push out to beta readers around March and be able to publish some time in the fall of 2021. This schedule is tentative and I will provide updates to the timeline as they are available. This book is proving to be my favorite yet with several exciting new characters, multiple settings, a double romance, and even more intrigue, so stay tuned!

Also, if you missed last month’s newsletter, to celebrate the launch of Broken Lines, I am giving away five e-book copies and one signed paperback copy. To enter, simply complete the entry form at the link below by September 28.  Full giveaway rules are listed on the giveaway page. 
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Enter the “Broken Lines” Giveaway Here

Recommended Reads

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Susie Murphy’s A Matter of Class Irish historical saga series is a fantastic example of why a reader shouldn’t discount an author based on one book alone. When A Class Apart released in 2018, I had been following Susie Murphy for a few months online and decided to pick it up. Although the middle was a little slow, I loved learning about the Irish setting and the characters were well-rounded and immersive. The two main characters, Bridget and Cormac, come from opposite sides of the class divide: he a stable hand and she the lady of the estate where he’s employed. I was rooting for them from the minute Bridget told us how they met as children in the orchard and carved their names in a tree. And then it ended on a cliffhanger …

Wanting to know what happened to the characters, I picked up A Class Entwined and it was five times better than the first one. If you haven’t read the first book and don’t want spoilers, stop reading now. ……… After being torn apart, Bridget is trapped in a loveless marriage and Cormac has been banished from the estate, forced to participate in unspeakable means in order to keep himself out of poverty. Book two was so much grittier, the emotions more raw, and the characters gained a new depth we don’t see in the first one. They’ve seen how harsh life can be and are muddling through it, never expecting to find happiness or each other again. Despite the more somber nature of this novel, it does have a happy ending (and a few twists I wasn’t expecting) and will suck you back in for book three.

By the time A Class Forsaken released, I ordered it right away, finished it in only a few days, and wished I didn’t have to wait so long for the next one. A Class Forsaken takes us farther into the background of both Bridget and Cormac’s families and provides a stronger look at some of the Irish politics that were occurring between the lower class and the aristocracy during that time. Susie Murphy immerses the reader in vivid descriptions of the streets of Dublin, the Irish countryside, and one particularly tragic house fire where I could feel the heat on my face. I loved the hopeful ending and am very excited for book four. There will be six books in all. Normally, I’m not a fan of starting a series when there’s a long stretch of time before it will be finished, but trust me, this series is well worth reading as they’re released.

Also, this month only, Susie Murphy is providing an opportunity to win one paperback copy of the winner’s choice. To enter, simply complete the entry form at the link below by October 28.  Full giveaway rules are listed on the giveaway page.

Enter the “A Matter of Class” Giveaway Here

Content note: This series does contain profanity, brief open door sex scenes, and some violent episodes. I personally felt these were not excessive, tastefully done, and made sense within the context of the story. Each reader has a different level of acceptable content, however, and must decide for themselves.

Books reviewed above were not provided by the author and a positive review was not solicited or required. All opinions expressed are my own. The giveaway copy will be provided directly from Susie Murphy.

Upcoming Events

Broken Lines is going on virtual book tour! During the month of November, various book bloggers and bookstagrammers will be posting their photos and reviews of Broken Lines. Some will also be including author interviews and giveaways. A full list of tour stops is included below with links. Instagram or Blog are linked; however, many tour stops will also participate on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Amanda M. Barrat

Another Open Book

The Book Distiller

Books and Tea with Me

Cart Full of Books

The Clean Read Book Club

Danielle’s Writing Spot

Diana Brandmeyer

Hasty Book List

Heather Manning

Jennifer Q. Hunt

Joy Within Pages

Leslie L. McKee

Live the Cozy Life

Living That Bookish Life

Marisa Joy

My Glitterary Retreat

Northern Reading

Sassy Bookish Mama

Splashes of Joy

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August Newsletter – Broken Lines Available in e-book !

Well, readers, we find ourselves at the end of August. For many of you that means back to school time and this year certainly looks different than most school years, doesn’t it? Whether your children are going back into the classroom, following a hybrid model, or going completely virtual, I pray that your school year will be full of learning, fun, and as stress-free as it possibly can be. And as always, I pray that August found you healthy and safe and the coming months will be kind (and hopefully cooler!).

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It’s hard to believe that the e-book release of my World War I novel, Broken Lines, is tomorrow! It has been a long road full of twists and turns and delays due to the pandemic. Hours upon hours were spent researching military tactics, historical timelines, state statutes, and many other nuances. I now know more about 1917 morality law than I ever thought I would and discovered that The Great War was as fascinating as the second world war, yet doesn’t receive the credit its due. I am thrilled with the final product and so excited to make it available on all major e-book platforms worldwide. Thank you to everyone for your patience and continued support during the delayed release and a special thank you to those who pre-ordered the e-book or purchased in paperback. My fingers are itching to finish the next book, Unsettled Shores, and will be sharing the official back cover blurb in the coming months.

Need to purchase a copy of Broken Lines? Click here to order.

In addition, since I am unable to host a book launch in person this year, I’m instead holding a book launch giveaway and you, my newsletter subscribers, are the first to know. I am giving away five e-book copies and one signed paperback copy of Broken Lines. To enter, simply complete the entry form at the link below.

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Winners will be selected at random and announced on September 29, 2020. Each winner qualifies for only one free book. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not increase chances of winning. Due to shipping fees, paperback entries are limited to U.S.A. residents only. Entrant understands that an e-mail address will be required to enter and used to automatically subscribe to future newsletters from kelseygietl.com. Information collected will only be used for purposes of this giveaway and to subscribe entrant to the newsletter for kelseygietl.com. Information collected will not be sold or distributed. Entrant may unsubscribe from newsletters at any time. For questions surrounding this giveaway, please visit the contact page.

Recommended Reads

This month, I had the opportunity of another beta read: Second Chances by Valerie Howard, releasing later this fall. This contemporary Christian read was an emotional story about a mother coming to terms with how childhood hurts have caused a rift in her own family. She spends her time creating the ideal online presence, posting photographs and stories that appear perfect, but all the while struggles to wade through the daily chaos. Meanwhile, her own daughter has started high school and immediately fallen into the wrong crowd. While both of them search for love and meaning in what seems like a loveless world, they discover that their second chance could come from the most unexpected place of all. I will post more about this one on social media when information becomes available.

117155970_3961747870519223_1158410370581772505_oIn the meantime, I would also recommend checking out Valerie Howard’s book, Saving Faith, about a small-town woman who takes a publicist job for a man she can’t stand in order to stop his business from buying and destroying her parents’ church. She expects to tear him down brick by brick, but what she didn’t expect was for him to finally tear down the walls around her heart.

dfw-sm-acf-cover-midAnd finally, I wanted to give a quick shout out to author, Susie Murphy for her novel A Class Forsaken, the third book in her A Class Apart series. It released this past Monday, August 24, and I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but the first two books were fantastic reads. Check out my September newsletter for a full review of this Irish saga series.

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July Newsletter – Broken Lines Now Available in Paperback!

Well, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? My apologies with missing out on the June newsletter. Between having the kids home full-time for summer (no camps this year) and the goings on of the world, life simply got away from me. I continue to pray for all my readers that these past months have found you healthy and safe and the coming months will be kind to you.

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Yes, you read that correctly. Due to popular demand, Broken Lines is now available in paperback! Over the past months, I’ve had so many of you ask me why I don’t have a pre-order available for paperbacks. The short answer was that I print my paperbacks through Amazon’s KDP platform and they do not currently offer a paperback pre-order option. I was going to wait until August 29 to release both versions, but managed to finish my final edits sooner than expected. Therefore, per reader request, the paperback edition of Broken Lines is now available for purchase worldwide! Get your copy at the links below, order via your local independent bookstore, or request a library purchase.

Barnes & Noble (U.S.A. Only)

Amazon U.S.A.

Amazon Canada

Amazon U.K.

Amazon Germany

The ebook version of the Broken Lines can also still be pre-ordered through the links above or through all other major ebook retailers via this link: Pre-Order Now.  The file will be sent directly to your device on August 29.

It also appears that due to COVID, I will not be able to have an in-person signing on publication day, August 29. Hopefully there will still be one before the end of 2020 though!

 

Recommended Reads

Between finishing edits for Broken Lines and outlining for its sequel, Unsettled Shores, this month was busy on the writing front, which left little time for reading. I did, however, have the privilege of beta reading Tanya E. Williams’s upcoming book, All That Was, which will be released on October 20, 2020. This novel, which I’m dubbing contemporary women’s literature with a historical flair, involves two women, one who can’t confront her ghosts in the present and an actual ghost who can’t let go of the past. Through an old church and a box of diaries, the two women discover all they are through all that was. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to share more information when it becomes available.

And just to give you a taste of what else I’ve picked up for, as Hermione Granger might say, “a bit of light reading,” here is my current research pile for Unsettled Shores. I’m starting out with more broad research on the second half of World War I, then narrowing down to individual topics in order to round out the details. From New York to London to provincial France, I’m so looking forward to crafting the second half of the Broken Lines story for you!

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May Newsletter – New Release Date!

Whew, another month has passed in our crazy world, and it seemed as busy as ever. As always, I continue to pray that this newsletter finds you and your families well.

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Broken Lines Cover - Final 4-25-2020 ebookLast month I mentioned how the proof copy of Broken Lines didn’t print exactly as I expected, requiring some additional color manipulations. In the process of doing so, however, I came across another version of my cover model that I felt fit the book’s main character even better. After swapping out the main photograph, touching up the background, and lightening the color, I now have the end result you see here. I hope you like the updates as much as I do.

In even more exciting news, Broken Lines has a new worldwide release date of August 29, 2020! The first book in the War Across Waters duology can be pre-ordered through all major ebook retailers via this link: Pre-Order Now. It will also be available in paperback format both online and (hopefully) at an in-person launch party. More details to come.

And for those of you who prefer not to purchase paperbacks through Amazon, I have good news. I recently upgraded all of my novels to Expanded Distribution, making it possible to purchase Across Oceans and Twisted River in paperback from Barnes & Noble online, order through independent bookstores, and request for purchase from your local library.

Recommended Reads

AndieNewton2One of the key questions authors often ask while marketing is, “How effective is social media at drawing in new readers?” Well, for me, I would say highly effective. Andie Newton is one of several authors I have purchased books from after following them on social media and luckily, her novel was worth taking a chance on.

The Girl I Left Behind tells the story of Ella Strauss, a young woman who works as a secretary for the Nazi government all the while stealing secrets in hopes of helping the resistance and saving her captured friend. At its heart, it’s both a spy novel and a coming of age story, and certainly an emotional read, especially at the end. Ella very much leaves her girlhood behind, trusting the best – and worst – people of her country in pursuit of what she believes to be right, even while the world around her tells a different story. Many of the World War II novels I’ve read lately have focused on British or American spies, so it was intriguing to read a novel that focused on Germans  instead, especially when they would have been raised from children to believe everything the Nazi party proclaimed as truth. My only complaint was I felt a few characters’ stories were left slightly open-ended, although I know that is one of the unfortunate realities of war – sometimes not knowing where people ended up. I’m hoping though that perhaps it actually means a sequel is forthcoming? (*Hint, hint, Ms. Newton.)

For more information on Andie’s books, visit: https://www.andienewton.com/

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April Newsletter – Writing in the time of Coronavirus

I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and surviving our current “normal.” Please know that you are all in my prayers during this trying time. In particular, I thank God for all those on the front lines, putting their own lives at risk to ensure that we stay healthy and safe. Now that my own family is more into the groove of managing work, school, and a pandemic, I’ve had a little more time for writing.

Latest News

First thing’s first. Tomorrow, April 25, was supposed to be the official launch date for Broken Lines before Coronavirus swept in and changed plans. I’m still providing the first two chapters in a sneak peek sent directly to my email newsletter subscribers, so if you haven’t signed up yet, you can still do so today.

The paperback proof of Broken Lines arrived yesterday and well, the colors aren’t quite what I expected. Unfortunately, that tends to happen when the digital file is converted to ink on paper. In fact, I had to adjust the coloring for Twisted River three times before I landed on the correct combination. So, it’s back to Photoshop until I get this one right too. And speaking of ways to stay in the know, I’ve now joined Instagram. Make sure to follow me over there for updates, book recommendations, and more.

Lastly, I had a particularly productive month and finished my detailed outline for War Across Waters Book 2: Unsettled Shores. I’m super excited about the unexpected twists the plot line is taking and also a bit overwhelmed as they require a lot more research than I anticipated. So, that stack of library books I said I checked out last month? Well, that’s only going to be a drop in the ocean of information I need to learn. To give you a taste, my currently compiled list includes topics such as treatment of war-inflicted injuries, convalescent homes, spy rings, French culture, and WW1 German occupation.

Recommended Reads

71-29nCUOMLI had been looking forward to reading Veiled in Smoke ever since I saw the cover last fall. From the rose and grey colors to the woman’s gown to the smoke swirls encasing the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, it’s a perfectly lovely combination. The story surrounds Meg and Sylvia Townsend, two Chicago bookshop owners whose father returned from the Civil War suffering from “soldier’s heart,” a 19th century version of PTSD. When fire sweeps through the city, he mistakes the resulting chaos for rebel invaders and, memory compromised, wakes the next morning accused of murder and locked in the city asylum. It’s now up to his daughters to discover what really happened the night of the fire and save their family from the ashes.

This is a wonderful intriguing book both inside and out. All of the characters were interesting in their own right, with the two sisters being distinct from each other, even though their day to day situations were often the same. The author transported me to several fantastic historical locations whose details painted a vivid picture without overloading the senses. One detail in particular that I liked was her accurate use of spectacles worn by the newspaper reporter, Nate. It may seem like a silly observation, but if you wear glasses, you probably understand the adjustments, cleaning, and tired eyes that can come with wearing them. I’ve found very few authors really nail that level of accuracy. Finally, as an author myself, I often see plot twists coming, but this story actually kept me guessing. Twice I thought I had it all figured out, then the author made me guess again, which I truly loved. I recommend reading her historical notes at the end which discuss her research for the story and distinguishing fact from fiction. She also includes a neat guide to real life locations on her website here. I believe there are two more books to this series and you can be sure I will be pre-ordering them.

 

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