Thursday, December 13, 2012

Author: Kimberly Richardson Guest and Giveaway!

Mabon and Pomegranate

Page Count: 294 Genre: Mythic Fiction
Release Date: 31 July, 2012
Kerlak Publishing

What would you do if you discovered that your dreams were real? Monica had no idea that moving to the small town of Mabon would be the answer to her prayers, and yet so much more...

Pomegranate: Alexandra has it all: a great job, a wonderful husband, and very few worries in the world. Yet, when a black clad stranger enters her life, she is suddenly thrust into a world of myths and legends all contained in the skin of an infamous fruit.

Page Count: 218
Genre: Modern Gothic
Release Date: 12 September, 2012
Publisher: Kerlak Publishing

Sophie Joyce, a young writer, soon becomes a part of best selling author Hilliard Ravensdale's elitist world. Yet, what she desperately wants comes at a terrible price, revealing a secret from Hilliard's past that will threaten to destroy them both. Award-winning author Kimberly Richardson turns her literary eye to the world of sex, control, uprisings, secrets, and lies, all wrapped within a story worthy to be called modern Gothic.

How I Got Into This Thing Called Writing

Books have always been a part of my life; without them, I’m not really sure what I would turn to whenever I needed to escape, feel better (or worse!) or just enjoy several hours of quiet bliss. I was a reader first, then a writer, a simple transgression that most would understand. When I was 7 years old, Raiders of the Lost Ark had come out and I was enthralled with Indiana Jones. I wanted to be an archaeologist and write down my adventures just like Indy, so I did. Using my one subject spiral notebook, I wrote out the “diary” of Indiana Kim, young adventurer and fighter of the good fight against Dr. Doom and her pet tigers. Of course I needed props, so I transformed my grandparents’ living room into a jungle, complete with jumping rope as my whip, stuffed animals as dangerous creatures of the unknown, granddad’s brown fedora as my hat and a cassette player with my recorded “bird” noises to accentuate the danger I was about to walk into! As I went on more adventures both in my grandparents’ living room and in my imagination, my writing transformed from writing in my notebooks to typing, or banging, on my mother’s typewriter. I loved the sound of the clicking keys as I typed out my heart on those pages that I still have today. I now have my mother’s typewriter sitting proudly in my living room.

My love of the written word continued in high school thanks to my English teacher, Mr. Michael Savage. He was unorthodox, an intellectual and an eccentric character that I both feared and enjoyed. He taught me to appreciate Shakespeare, the great poets of old and literature beyond anything I had ever considered in my own world. It was also around this time that I began reading and writing in a “darker” tone, with great interest towards vampires. After watching the film Fright Night, I wanted to know everything under the sun (pun!) about vampires and the many myths that surrounded the creatures of the night. My book collection increased to over 300 (most of them about vampires) and my writing took on a Gothic tone... well, as much angst that a 13 year old could conjure up. So, I wrote more of the night and the wonders it held for me while discovering the Goth subculture. After fours years of college, some graduate school, many jobs and Life’s ups and downs, I wrote pieces that came from my “colourful” imagination yet had no idea what to do with them. I wanted my future reading public to delve deep into my mind to see what made me tick. After submitting manuscripts to several publishers, my first book of poems, Rusty Typewriter, was published through FootHills Publishing in 2007. In 2008, thanks to having a used book table at MidSouth Con in Memphis, my first book of short stories and Gothic poetry, Tales From a Goth Librarian, was published through Kerlak Publishing. I was excited, ecstatic and scared beyond belief. The book became a finalist for several awards and received much praise, giving me enough of a boost to realize that I had no intentions of stopping my writing. I wanted to write and write I did. Several years later, I wrote several short stories that were picked up by other small presses and wrote two books, Mabon and Pomegranate and The Decembrists, which were published through Kerlak and enlisted for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. 

I still have my Indiana Kim stories and occasionally read them to give myself a chuckle and to also see where it all began. When I wrote in my notebooks and journals years ago, I wanted to be the next Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or even Ian McEwan; now instead, I want to be Kimberly Richardson, author, bibliophile, and creative soul. For me, that is enough. Thank you and good night.

About the Author

After found as an infant crawling among books in an abandoned library, Kimberly Richardson grew up to become an eccentric woman with a taste for jazz, drinking tea, reading books, speaking French and Japanese, playing her violin and writing stories that cause people to make the strangest faces. Her first book, Tales From a Goth Librarian, was published through Kerlak Publishing and named a Finalist in both the USA Book News Awards for Fiction: Short Story for 2009 and the International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story in 2010. Ms. Richardson is also the Editor of the award winning Steampunk anthology Dreams of Steam, the award winning sequel, Dreams of Steam II: Of Brass and Bolts, and the upcoming Dreams of Steam III, all published through Kerlak Publishing. Other short stories and poetry by Ms. Richardson have been published through Sam’s Dot Publishing, Midnight Screaming, and FootHills Publishing. Her first full-length novel, The Decembrists, as well as her other book, Mabon and Pomegranate, are both available from Kerlak Publishing now..


The author has been generous enough to offer one autographed copy of Mabon and Pomegranate and one autographed copy of The Decemberists—two winners! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below :)
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