Update on Closure of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds

Have you heard?! Amazon is closing its Kindle Worlds in mid-July!

Fortunately many of the authors from S.E. Smith’s Kindle World are joining together to keep the Magic, New Mexico world alive and books will be available wide and international from July 24th. I am so excited to be able to offer my three Magic New Mexico books to my international and non-Amazon readers. More news to come.

If you have purchased or have my books already on your Kindle, please make sure you download them to your computer before mid-July in case they disappear when Amazon remove them from KU.

A Touch Of Harmony by Evelyn Lederman KW

SWFL SpaceCon

Last year I attended SWFL SpaceCon and participated in a panel entitled ‘Romance in Science Fiction’.

This year I was happy to attend again and participated in two panels ‘World Building’ and ‘The World of Publishing’.

Like last year, it was fun to talk with attendees and check out the costumes many of the attendees wore.

I also had a fan girl moment with Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troy).

Shantel attended both years as well and purchased ‘Selected’ last year and picked up the other 2 books at this year’s conference. She was amazed I recognized her from last year. Her makeup job was incredible.

 

My Summer Author Conferences

This summer I traveled to Cocoa Beach to be part of the Space Coast Book Lovers conference. I had only participated in the book signing last year and was attending the whole conference this year.

One of the great things about traveling to conferences are checking out the local attractions.

Before we headed to NASA Kennedy Space Center, ML Guida, Susan Hayes, and reader Suzanne and I had breakfast. Our waitress was nice enough to take our photo before we headed out.

The Kennedy Space Center was incredible. I got to pilot the space shuttle Atlantis (sort of).

The whole conference was a lot of fun, including the book signing. Elizabeth won the lavender gift set and I got to meet a number of new readers. Tiffany told me she’s obsessed with the worlds I built in my novels. That warmed my heart!

 

Drake’s Nightshade Coming Soon

In 2014 when I wrote ‘The Crystal Telepath’, I had to create a horrendous parallel dimension Shirl would travel to.

With that thought in mind, the Nightshade world was created. A parallel dimension of vampires was horrifying, but there were 2 blood brothers (Drake and Lorenz) who were introduced who were not the blood-lusting vampires who populated that realm. Drake and the Nightshade universe were so popular, I spun off a second series.

In ‘The Warrior Woman’ Drake discovers Alexandra is carrying his unborn soul mate. His actions from that point on were geared to support her parents and their friends. Star became a major figure in the Nightshade world even before she was born.

Before I wrote the fourth book in the Worlds Apart series, I had to do something about the poor woman I abandoned alone in the Nightshade universe. ‘Nightshade’ was published and a new set of soul mates were introduced. Where soul mates in the Troyk universe evolved to their next level of telepathic powers, the vampires and their soul mates had a very different impact when they finally made love (the final stage in the joining).

‘Drake’s Nightshade’

was originally supposed to be published in December 2017. Between Hurricane Irma and another deadline, the book was shelved. After I completed ‘Designated’, I knew it was time to bring Star and Drake together.

I hope you enjoy ‘Drake’s Nightshade’. In each book, I try to introduce unique aspects. If I did my job right, you’ll have a couple of surprises you didn’t see coming.

Here is a pre-order Amazon link for the book that will be published 7/24/18. Other e-book platform links will be available soon.

RT Book Lover’s Convention

I had the pleasure of attending the RT Book Lover’s Convention as a reader in Kansas City (2013) and New Orleans (2014) and as an author in Dallas (2015) and Atlanta (2017). The convention is HUGE and I was able to meet so many of the authors I have read over the years, as well as connect with readers.

Although I did not attend this year’s convention in Reno, the announcement that Katherine Falk would be retiring and RT would no longer be publishing their e-magazine made it across social media like a wildfire.

What did not spread as quickly is news the ladies that ran the convention for RT are still continuing the Book Lover’s Conventions. 2019 will be back in New Orleans May 15th-19th. I believe reading it will be at the Hyatt Regency. One of my favorite authors, Christine Feehan (her ‘Dark Gold’ was the first PNR book I read and was hooked) is one of the authors they are advertising will be there.

Here is the link to sign-up for their newsletter. I have no information about when registration for next year will open. One of my local RWA (Romance Writers of America) friends and I have already decided to road trip to New Orleans and join in on the fun.

http://www.bookloverscon.com/

Here I am at the Atlanta RT with 2 reader friends and author Jeannie Hardt.

What Is Going On With Kindle Worlds? 

A Touch Of Harmony by Evelyn Lederman KW

On May 16th, Amazon announced the closing of Kindle Worlds. They immediately pulled Kindle World novellas/books from Kindle Unlimited (KU) and will pull the Kindle versions on or around July 16th.

So what does that mean to you as a reader? Well, if you are a KU reader, you will no longer be able to borrow these books with your monthly membership. For those of you who buy the Kindle version you have until July 16th to purchase the books under the current Kindle World licensing.

What about after July 16th? Kindle World authors/owner are trying to figure that out. As a Kindle World author I have the ability to follow the author/owner in what they have planned OR rewrite and republish the books, pulling out aspects of the author/owner world. Amazon has assigned us back our publishing rights.

It is premature for me to communicate what I plan to do, since the author/owners are still working on their plans. As soon as I know those plans, I will let you all know. However, the closing of Kindle Worlds does give the author/owner and authors the ability to go international and provide a broader distribution of the works.

I have personally met with S.E. Smith and am in contact with Eliza Gayle as well. They were given a days notice before Amazon contacted all the writer contributors of Kindle World. So this is all very new information.

It’s Release Day For ‘Designated’ Zaratan Trilogy: Book 3

This is one book where excited fans have been contacting me about when the third book in the Zaratan Trilogy would be available. One 14-year-old Ft. Myers fan said she and her best friend were in competing camps…Team Matt and Team Jim. An author was texting me about a conference this September and her daughter had just finished ‘Chosen’ and wanted the next book. Fortunately, I had just finished the first draft of ’Designated’ and reported the book would be available before the conference.
Although the books were released a year apart, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to deliver ‘Designated’. The problem? I wasn’t sure how I wanted to end the series. When I was writing ‘Chosen’, I knew who the ultimate bad guy was. But who Kara would ultimately end up with was a struggle.
In ‘Designated’, Kara keeps changing her mind…probably because I was. I wanted to give everyone a HEA (Happily Ever After). When you have a love triangle, that’s tough. I read one book where the author killed one of the male leads. My reaction, I threw the book across the room in frustration. Whether you like the Twilight books, I thought Stephanie Meyer masterfully resolved that triangle.
Below you will find the blurb (which I HATE writing) and vendor links:
A journey home…
New challenges to face…
An ultimate decision to be made…Kara Howard faces her greatest fear when she returns to Earth. She is now the purple faced alien who is designated to represent her new world. All her work to reunite families will soon meet its final test.

No longer able to breathe her home planet’s air, her future must be made galaxies away. Her life is further complicated when the mission is jeopardized by betrayal. Once again, Kara must choose sides in the ambiguous allegiances between families.

She walks a tightrope of her own making between the two men in her life. But her ability to make a final decision is compromised by new challenges aboard the ship. The girl who liked to disappear into the shadows continues to standout, making her a target.

Links:

Designated: Zaratan Trilogy Book 3

 

A journey home…
New challenges to face…
An ultimate decision to be made…

Kara Howard faces her greatest fear when she returns to Earth. She is now the purple faced alien who is designated to represent her new world. All her work to reunite families will soon meet its final test.

No longer able to breathe her home planet’s air, her future must be made galaxies away. Her life is further complicated when the mission is jeopardized by betrayal. Once again, Kara must choose sides in the ambiguous allegiances between families.

She walks a tightrope of her own making between the two men in her life. But her ability to make a final decision is compromised by new challenges aboard the ship. The girl who liked to disappear into the shadows continues to standout, making her a target.

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The Ultimate Act of Love

The Ultimate Act of Love

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Blurb:

She lamented over a ghost lover she could never have.

The last thing Kori Daniels expected to witness on a ghost tour was an actual apparition. Although she felt earth-bound spirits, she had never seen one. Already impacted by nightly amorous dreams since arriving in Savannah, her dream lover now has a face.

Jeb Crawford stares out of his front parlor window waiting for the one night a year he takes physical form. Each Halloween, he searches for the one woman, his soul mate, who can save him from his fate.

Only an ultimate act of love will bring Jeb back to life.

This novella was originally part of the limited edition set ‘Haunting Savannah’.

Cats and Road Trips

I’m sure many of you traveled over the holiday. I spent Christmas with my sister and her husband in Jacksonville, Fl. While driving across Florida, I took the opportunity to have brunch with Susan (S.E. ) Smith and her husband Steve. Whenever I head to the east coast of Florida, I always make a point of seeing my good friend.

In January, I helped a friend move a sick cat from Austin, Texas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was great catching up with my friend, Katherine, and assist her in the move. The trip was uneventful accept for the truck that almost ran us off the road. The driver side mirror was the only casualty in that near accident. Here I am with Cinni. She had an appointment with a feline cardiologist who gave her a clean bill of health. Yes, I’m dressed for the frozen tundra again. Does anyone recognize the hat I’m wearing in this or the tennis photo?

Evelyn Lederman, fantasy, action, romance author