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Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas sale on now till January 3, 2014 at Imajin Books

Christmas Book Sale

Imajin Books from December 20-January 3


Loads of great eBooks from $0.99 to $1.99! Stock up now on last minute Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, great for that teen on your list or that hard to buy for reader.

Don't forget SpaceHive, my debut MG/YA sci-fi thriller!


Monday, December 16, 2013

3 SUCCESSFUL BLOGGERS I FOLLOW AND WHY

Three Successful Bloggers I Follow

  1. Jeremy Shipp
  2. Allan Douglas
  3. John Stanton

WHY DO I FOLLOW JEREMY?

 His blog is here. He wrote Attic Clowns and many pieces of cutting edge horror with a twisted humor and an odd sense of vulnerability.

I like Jeremy because his blog is called JeremyCShipp.wordpress.com and he's not following the "rules" just as I do on my blog, KennaMcKinnon.blogspot.com, not my name and a dedicated website. The reason I do that is because I have a home based transcription business that uses my name on a dedicated site. But Jeremy doesn't have to do that. He just is different and doesn't care what people may think, he isn't trying to be a big shot but he is.

He was short-listed for the Bram Stoker award and is a very young, very valuable human being.

He likes cats. I think I hurt his feelings once. He had a cat who sickened and died, and I thought he was joking. Perhaps he was. Perhaps he wasn't. I'm sorry.
 He says things on his blog like this, “Let me tell you how you should live,” said the humans to each other, every day, forever.

He also featured an interview with me on his blog once when I was a new writer and my debut novel, SpaceHive, was released. 

Jeremy does not have a lot of comments on his blog and I think he should have thousands of followers but I don't think he does. You should check him out and tell him Kenna sent you. He also sews and sells funny little felt creatures. Very different kind of guy and an excellent author.

WHY DO I FOLLOW ALLAN DOUGLAS?


Allan writes a blog called Random Thoughts. He is down to earth, a farmer type guy, and funny in a droll sort of way. He also has an alter ego, but I'll let you figure that out. I like him. 

He's a mountain man, lives with his wife Marie on the side of the Great Smoky Mountains east of Kentucky, and has no children but two dogs. 

He's interested in my little stories of where I grew up on a small family farm in northeastern British Columbia, Canada, and how it was 60+ years ago. 

He also writes very well, and has published three books, one called "Random Thoughts" -- blog posts from yes, Random Thoughts.

You'll like him. He's chatty, pleasant, and funny, and is a man of many trades, a superb carpenter, and knows how to get rid of ants.
Clouds on English Mountain



WHY DO I FOLLOW JOHN STANTON?

Because he's the founder of the Running Room here in Canada and I run. I've met John Stanton in person, shook his hand, bought his books "Running" and "Walking" and he autographed both. He is a hard core runner and a great inspiration. He shows up at almost every running event across Canada eventually, and I saw a photo of John waiting for the last runner of the day and he had his picture taken with her at a particular race. 

He is my running hero. I like the Running Room, too. They have running clinics, lots of cool running gear, sponsor races, are knowledgeable about all aspects of running, and are friendly and approachable.

Check out John Stanton's Facebook page. He says things like, 

Trying to get a buddy to run … instruction is great... but encouragement and support are better. 

A reader replies that Running Room is her support. Me too.

Three Bloggers

I hope you find this list useful. I enjoy their sites and their personalities, and think you will, too. 


 



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Celebrate the Season with Imajin Books' 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways



This Christmas season, Canadian publishing house Imajin Books decided to do things a bit differently. Instead of only 25 days of contests and discounts as in past years, they're holding various events from December 1st to January 3rd. Okay, so they can't count, but they believe readers deserve to be rewarded. And we agree!

From December 1-25, Imajin Books will be awarding random prizes to those who leave comments on their Facebook page. So drop by, check out their posts and leave a comment or question.

Want to win even more? Check out their Share the Imajin Books Buzz contest. You could win a Kindle Fire HD or Kobo equivalent, or one of two $50 Amazon gift cards. This contest also runs December 1-25. To enter, visit the Rafflecopter contest widget below or at http://www.imajinbooks.com/contests-events. You can enter multiple times a day.





Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Grab this poem this winter's evening it's a gift

Gifts for a Winter's Evening




This place—silver, cold,
 frightened all the elves away,
 they like to play.
My sister's tall and thin
like winter wind
There was a place for her but not within
The suburbs but the furs
Here in Glenora.

Wait for a new year,
We can tell her
By the faery lights across her falling
on her icy face like stars and then
they warm her neglected soul like
concrete pierced by years of wear.
He is strong and won her and
the safe white house.
So happy.

She likes to play
but I will give my sister
ginger tea and cookies;
Lewis Carroll and a poem
As though I, too, were wealthy,
somehow a partner in a faery firm
of miscreants.

 
Sunday, December 8, 2013

Quick and Easy Short Story: The Stalker and his Victim



The Stalker

The wind rushed through an echoing home with only a television screen and an open window seen from the street. He can't do it again, Patricia thought. Someone had stalked her for eighteen years. Far too long; she must take a stand. Her queer and unexpected marriage hadn't stopped the harassment.
She was terrified.

The courier stopped to admire her yard, carefully tended with dirt and stone, her husband in the back with a wheelbarrow. The postman brought ten postcards and a box of poems. He can't do it again, she thought.
She was terrified.

Her stalker knew her birthplace, too, and shaped cookies of Ohio in a tin box with the postcards. His apology wasn't true to her. Hazel eyes and blue eyes had locked together once in a sitting room. She knew him.
She was terrified.

Patricia knew the game hadn't ended, but the stalker forgot the fun of it when the lawyers made their run.
He was terrified.

A victim shouldn't have to pay once in fact and once in court, so the stalker whispered he was guilty—for sending postcards and a box of poems asking for forgiveness. His love was so very wrong, his heart was raw and his song was long.
He was terrified.

Her phone was silent for many months but each mail brought further fears, until the fox and hound changed places. She knew then what the stalker meant when he said to trust him and his dangerous faith. They'd known each other in this strange relationship long enough to know each other well. I can do it now, he wrote, I can stop.

He can't do it, she thought, he can't quit the game, it won't work, he's too weak.

But the apology was finally there—

Please God no fear. She gazed at her husband, placing shrubs in the back yard, and knew it was over. How did she know? Her husband the defendant, and she the patient deer bowed low for the next call.

Co-dependence is a dreadful thing. She finished the bottle and smiled. He wiped his face with a dirty hand. Their eyes locked, the stalker and the victim.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Quick and Easy Book Fair Buys

Book Fair Saturday December 7

Authors for Altruism

PCL Theater, Arts Barns, Old Strathcona, Edmonton, AB

10330 - 84 Avenue, enter through north side of Arts Barns

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Lots of authors for charity!

Pick up some great stocking stuffers and support the Alzheimer's Society and/or the children's wish foundation.

10 percent of all proceeds from the book fair goes toward charity.

Meet bestselling author Rick Lauber (Caregivers' Guide for Canadians, Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas 2013)

Meet Kat Flannery and other bestselling authors





Kat Flannery, Hazardous Unions, Lakota Honour

Meet Kenna McKinnon, author of BIGFOOT BOY: Lost on Earth and SpaceHive


HAVE FUN!!! QUICK AND EASY GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS! COME EARLY AND GET THE BEST SELECTION!


HINT: KENNA HAS SALT WATER TAFFY AT HER TABLE - FREE!!!

FREE bookmarks and postcards, lots of great stuff

COME ON DOWN TO THE ARTS BARNS AT OLD STRATHCONA AND SEE US SATURDAY, 1:30 - 4:30, AUTHORS FOR ALTRUISM BOOK FAIR






Friday, November 29, 2013

Free stuff and parties, big sale from Imajin Books




So here's what we have planned:
1. Giveaways  We'll be awarding random ebook prizes to those who leave comments on our Facebook page between December 1-25, 2013.
2. eBook Sale  This year's sale will be held December 20-January 3rd, so load up your ereaders (Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc.) before Christmas and after! Most of our ebooks will be on sale for $0.99 or $1.99. You can also use our sale for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers--just print out the receipt from Amazon and gift it to your loved one. They'll also get an email from Amazon.
3. Rafflecopter – Share the Imajin Books Buzz! Prize: Kindle Fire HD or Kobo equivalent, (2) $50 Amazon gift cards – December 1-25. To enter, visit our contest widget at http://www.imajinbooks.com/contests-events or on our FB page. You can enter multiple times a day.
4. Twitter Party – Meet our authors! Ask them questions! Win random prizes! Follow and use hashtag #ImajinAuthors to join our Twitter Party on December 14 & 15 from 3-8 PM MT (5-10 PM ET).

Imajin Books and our authors wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and we thank you for reading our books! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Easy and fast! Set your radio dial to Indie Books Show at 11 am on 11/29

Indie Books Show 

with Will Wilson, Georgia, USA

featuring BIGFOOT BOY: Lost on Earth

Radio Show

Friday, November 29, 2013

11:00 am EST

Listen in as Will and Kenna discuss her latest small press releases, BIGFOOT BOY: Lost on Earth, and SpaceHive.

Kenna is also the author of two self-published books, DISCOVERY: A Collection (Anthology) of Poetry and The Insanity Machine.

Ask her the difference between small presses and self-publishing!

Get insights into the writing and publishing business!

Ask questions!

Phone in to this great new Indie radio show and share your thoughts and comments with Kenna and Will.


 (646) 595-3951

 

Remember: Tune your radio dial to Indie Books Show with author Kenna McKinnon at 11:00 a.m. EST next Friday morning. 

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

BIGFOOT BOY ON KINDLE!


http://www.amazon.com/Bigfoot-Boy-Earth-Kenna-McKinnon-ebook/dp/B00GRIAF0Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1385014173&sr=1-1&keywords=bigfoot+boy
Kindle buy it here edition, $2.99 US, meet Hunny, the golden girl of Bigfoot's dreams. Will he win her or will she return to the mountain? Will Errl go home again?

A perfect stocking stuffer for that teen on your list. Suitable for all ages.

Looking for reviews on Kindle and Nook.

Thanks to all my loyal readers. Don't forget about SpaceHive, a double billing of young adult/middle grade debut novels.

Will Earth be lost to the sting of conspiracy and a worldwide massacre? Can Jason and Aadab save the world?

 Buy SpaceHive here!

http://www.amazon.com/SpaceHive-ebook/dp/B008SYCHFG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1344594267&sr=1-1&keywords=spacehive


Monday, November 18, 2013

Buy BIGFOOT BOY with one easy click!

My amazing new YA novel, Bigfoot Boy: Lost on Earth, is now available on Amazon in print.

Watch for it in eBook soon!

What would you like to see as a launch?

I'm foregoing a Facebook launch (yawn) and would like something new.

Prizes? Free signed books to a winner?

There are winners on Facebook, they will be notified. Someone won a FREE SIGNED PRINT BOOK...more news to follow.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

3 QUICK LINKS TO WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR A GREAT READ NEXT MONDAY


Finally, the promised novel - Monday, Nov. 18 on Amazon!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHZOqe2axs0&feature=em-share_video_user 

 1. The professional trailer by Mockingbird Lane Press:

 

2.  But don't stop there. What about viewing a video of a REAL Bigfoot? Great footage. Why not Bigfoot? Why not an alien Bigfoot? See below. Look for the dark figure sitting in the trees.

 

 

 

3. Would you like to see another (or maybe the same?) Bigfoot in Creston Flats? An excellent sighting!

 

 

Look for Bigfoot Boy: Lost on Earth released on Amazon.com Monday November 18, 2013!

Print book to follow.


Be the first of your friends to read it.

 

   

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Stalker



Terrified

The wind rushed through an echoing home
Only a screen and the ringing phone,
He cannot do it again, she thought.
She was terrified.

The mailman stopped to admire her yard
Carefully tended with dirt and stone,
Ten postcards and a box of poems.
He cannot do it again, she thought.
She was terrified.

Her stalker knew her birthplace, too,
Shaped cookies of Ohio,
His apology did not ring true.
Hazel eyes and eyes of blue
Locked once in a sitting room.
She was terrified.

Certain teachers have a nose
For truth in voice or truth in prose,
She knew the game had not begun.
He cannot do it again, she thought.
The stalker thought it was all in fun
But forgot when the lawyers made their run.
He was terrified.

A victim should not have to pay
Once in fact and once in court,
So the stalker whispered guilt
For postcards and a box of poems
Asking for forgiveness.
Loved maybe once so very wrong,
His heart was raw and his song was long.
He was terrified.

The phone was silent all these years
Each mail brought further fears
Until the fox and hound changed place,
She knew then what the stalker meant
To trust him and his dangerous faith.
 I can do it now, he wrote,
He can't do it again, she thought,
The apology was finally there—

Please God no fear.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Effective, Simple and Awesome Youtube Trailer by new publisher


 

Big change announced by publisher!



Release date pushed back to November 18!



Watch for BIGFOOT BOY: Lost on Earth on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords!



You saw the awesome trailer on Facebook first!


Then you saw it here!









http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHZOqe2axs0&feature=em-share_video_user

P.S. Remember:

BIGFOOT BOY: Lost on Earth will be released November 18, 2013.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

BIGFOOT BOY CONTEST ON FACEBOOK

Contest going on my Facebook page - win a free signed copy of Bigfoot Boy: Lost on Earth when it's released, guess the date it will be released (originally Oct. 31 but now it could be Nov. 1-2, anybody's guess)!

Bigfoot's name is Errl, enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Like my FB page and unmask the photo of Bigfoot Boy little by little, day by day!






Thursday, October 17, 2013

BIGFOOT BOY SIGHTED NOVEMBER 2, 2013

My newest YA novel, BIGFOOT BOY: Lost on Earth will be released November 1-2. The release date has been pushed back by a few days due to last minute changes in scheduling.

An Amazon link isn't available yet but will be up on the date it's published by Mockingbird Lane Press.

I'll keep you posted.

Here's a link to the Bibliophilic Book Blog which features BIGFOOT BOY this week! Read all about it here.

In the meantime, did you know Bigfoot Boy found romance in the forests near Cranbrook, British Columbia?

What should we call the fair furry creature?

Bigfoot calls her Hunny.

Can you think of a more appropriate name?

COULD THIS BE ERRL? lol Actual Sasquatch sighting in Creston Flats, B.C.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stalkers and Fear

What do you think of this ditty I wrote about a stalker and the fear on both sides?

It's a mental aberration, you know, like the woman who insisted she lived in David Letterman's house and kept breaking in.



Terrified

The wind rushed through an echoing home
Only a screen and the ringing phone,
He cannot do it again, she thought.
She was terrified.

The mailman stopped to admire her yard
Carefully tended with dirt and stone,
Ten postcards and a box of poems.
He cannot do it again, she thought.
She was terrified.

Her stalker knew her birthplace, too,
Shaped cookies of Ohio,
His apology did not ring true.
Hazel eyes and eyes of blue
Locked once in a sitting room.
She was terrified.

Certain teachers have a nose
For truth in voice or truth in prose,
He knew the game had not begun.
He cannot do it again, she thought.
The stalker knew it was all in fun
But forgot when the lawyers made their run.
He was terrified.

A victim should not have to pay
Once in fact and once in court,
So the stalker whispered guilt
For postcards and a box of poems
Asking for forgiveness.
Loved maybe once so very wrong,
His heart was raw and his song was long.
She was terrified.

The phone was silent all these years
Each mail brought further fears
Until the fox and hound changed place,
She knew then what the stalker meant
To trust him and his dangerous faith.
 I can do it now, he'd written,
He can't do it again, she thought,
The apology was finally there—
Please God no fear.



Friday, October 4, 2013

Guess Whose Day?

Guess What Day This Is?

Whose day is it?

This day in 1974 John Lennon released "Walls and Bridges" album.

I was in my third year at the University of Alberta sitting in a classroom. I was a mature student, 29 years old until later that month, when I turned the big 3-0, with some trepidation. 

It was a Friday, the same as this year, and a big year for me.

I met someone that semester who would change my life forever.

From Wikipedia:
The title of the album refers to the barriers that Lennon had constructed between himself and others and to his hope that those barriers could be surmounted.Lennon said, "Walls keep you in either protectively or otherwise, and bridges get you somewhere else."