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Wicked Warriors Halloween Hop: October 23 – 30 ~ Win a Kindle @AmberKallyn


 1 Kindle Paperwhite and 5 autographed copies of Unbound…so there will
be 6 winners!!

Go HERE to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway and keep hopping!

And don’t forget to leave a comment here, with your email, to enter to win my own prize, a $10 Amazon Giftcard 🙂

Wicked Warriors.

Sounds yummy!

I can’t choose my favorite warrior from my own books, it just doesn’t seem right. And there are so many warriors I love from other authors, pinning down one of them is impossible.

So, my Q4U: Who’s your favorite wicked warrior? And if that’s as hard for you to answer as it is for me, what’s your favorite kind of warrior (ie human, vampire, wolf shifter, ect)?

Leave your answer in the comments, with your email, to enter to win my own prize, a $10 Amazon Giftcard 🙂

Angels and Demons and Give@ways, oh my

Welcome to the Angels vs Demons Blog Hop!

We want to know which you’d rather have to…uh…cuddle up with at night – angels or demons? And what are your favorite angel or demon books?

Personally, right now, I’d have to go with a bad boy 😉 Why? They’re just so much… beter, LOL.

So check out the visual yummies, then make your choice. Giveaway details are below.

So do you prefer the sexy bad boy?

Or do you prefer the sexy good boy?

And if you’re interested in a sexy good boy dragon shifter meeting up with a bad girl demon, a succubus, check out Dragos 4: Inflamed. 

 Available on Amazon

Together, a dragon shifter and a succubus find love might just conquer all.

Praise for the Dragos Series
“Kallyn’s take on dragon shifters and mating is enthralling. Her writing is vivid so that it’s easy for the reader to visualize each scene throughout the story as they take place. From the scorching hot sex scenes to the incredible dragon fight scenes and even the heartrending scenes…” ~ Romance Junkies

“with a intriguing plot, compelling characters and love scenes you’ll need a fire extinguisher and your own firefighter to put out!” ~ Jami Gray author of Shadow’s Edge

“Ms Kallyn…continues to breathe life into her characters and enhance the Dragos series. Well worth reading!” ~ Shannon Z

Available on Amazon 🙂

Giveaway Goodies

In the comments (and don’t forget to leave your email), tell me if you prefer Angels, or Demons, and if you have someone specific in mind 😉

I’m giving away a $5 amazon gift card (INT) here and don’t forget to check out all the other blogs along the hop.

Not only can you win at each site, but there are awesome prizes to be given overall. The more blogs you visit and comments you leave, the more chances you have to win one of the grand prizes!


We’re hosting a Blog Hop! Me, along with 102 other Authors, Bloggers, and Reviewers are hosting an Angels vs Demons Blog Hop!

We want to know: Angels or Demons…who do you want?

From June 28th – July 1st, you can HOP around the blogs, comment on each and follow their rules, and be entered to win over 100 giveaways.

Yep. I said 100 GIVEAWAYS.

Each blog will have it’s own giveaway, PLUS we have TWO grand prizes.

ONE Commenter from the blogs will win a KINDLE TOUCH

Another Commenter will win a $60 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!

Yep! We’re doing THAT MUCH. You can comment on 1 or all 103 and be entered up to 103 times for the grand prizes.

Check out the other blogs for their goodies!

Book Lovers Buffet ~ All #Romance only #99cents plus give@ways, One

The Buffet will be open June 8 through June 22, 2012.

We’re excited to offer you more than 150 romance novels, each for the special Buffet price of 99 cents. We offer all romance genres, from Inspirational to Erotic (see link).

Also, we have wonderful contests and prizes offered by our participating authors. Please see our selection of prizes on the Contest page.

I’ll be giving away 2 $5 gift cards there 🙂

And for my personal blog Giveaway #1: A $5 Amazon gift card

First, make sure you’re following my newsletter  or this blog for goodies, exclusives and upcoming events. (If you’re already signed up, just say so in the comments 😉

Second, Answer the following question:

What are you planning on reading this summer?

I’m going to catch up on my Stephen King,  Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and many others. I’ve been so busy lately, it’s cut into my reading time. I’ll be remedying that during the hot months.

Book Lovers Buffet ~ All #Romance only #99cents plus give@ways

The Buffet will be open June 8 through June 22, 2012.

We’re excited to offer you more than 150 romance novels, each for the special Buffet price of 99 cents. We offer all romance genres, from Inspirational to Erotic (see link).

Also, we have wonderful contests and prizes offered by our participating authors. Please see our selection of prizes on the Contest page.


Amazon gift card

Two $5 Amazon Gift Cards

Sponsored by Amber Kallyn


I will also be putting up 2 posts over the next 2 weeks here, each one with a question to answer. I will choose 2 more winners directly from my blog for additional $5 amazon gift cards.

Post #1 will go up tomorrow the 12th, winner drawn by the 19th.

Post #2 next Tuesday the 19th, winner drawn by 26th (since I’ll be out of town the 20th-24th, Woot!)

So go check out all the awesome books and stock up for your summer reading, check out the awesome prizes, then come back and enter my blog exclusive giveaways 🙂

Happy Summer!

And the winner is…

Thank you to all who commented and participated in the giveaway.

The winner drawn from my Phoenix Sun’s ballcap is Duan Ann K.

Congrats 🙂

I’ll be sending you an email.

TRS Party winners :)

Hey all,

Sorry it took me most the day to get this done. I came down with a pretty bad cold on Saturday, and ended up sleeping most of today after I got the kids off to school, LOL.

Now that they’re fed and settled for the night I’m finally able to sit down and breathe : ) BTW – My kids drew the winners from the hat.

Winners, please email me with your Name and Address, and if applicable, choice of prizes. AmberKallyn (@) gmail (.) com – no spaces, LOL

Congrats Everyone! And thank you so much for participating : )

5 winners will (in MAY) receive a complete set of Dragos Romance Trading Cards

Larena W, Nyclocs (Veronique), LadyVampire, Cheralyn, JoAnna B

3 winners Please Send me your choice of:

Amber Kallyn Book Tote, Amber Kallyn Ball cap, Signed 12 x 18 Mini-poster (Dragos 1 & 2 available now)

Venus, Nyclocs (Veronique), Debra McD


#1 – Winners choice of any Amber Kallyn e-book

 Pam S

Please click on the link, then email your choice of books 🙂 Also send me your mailing address and I’ll include a signed book cover postcard.

Again, Every winner also recieves a bookmark, a book cover postcard and a dragony surprise : )

Party Baby!

Release day for Mistletoe 🙂

And, last night I found out my short story Alice is available now (See sidebar on the left)

But, today is a Release Party at The Romance Studio.

Come win Great Prizes, Read Excerpts and talk to your favorite authors.

12N to 8pm EST

Contests Con’s and Traps

What happens when you enter a contest? Well, today, most are electronic which cuts down on shipping costs. Still, a good portion require mailing.  Postage adds up.

Then, there are the contest fees themselves. Too many, and they can add up so fast it’ll make your head spin.

This is one reason I advise checking out contests carefully. Make sure you’re getting something, a lot of something, for your money. Get feedback from multiple judges. Final round feedback from agents/editors.

And if you’re rich, ignore me.

The second pitfall which commonly occurs with contest entrants is the readiness of the manuscript. There are people, contest groupies, who focus on their first three chapters. They’re polished, shiny and awesome.

Then the final round call comes and they need to send in the rest of the manuscript.

Uh oh.

The rest isn’t polished because it took so much time to get those first chapters into shape, and the rest of the story didn’t seem quite as important.

Most contests require the entire story be complete before entering the first pages. But, there’s no requirement the whole thing must be polished.

So, if you’re going to enter your first pages, don’t forget to edit and polish the rest of the story. It’s important too.

Another, much less common, pitfall I’ve seen is with the feedback.

On occasion, you’ll get a judge who is flat out spiteful. Maybe they were having a bad day (or a bad year). Maybe their spouse just left them. The agent rejected them. Maybe they woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

This can happen with both the first round, and the final round judges. Agent and editors are not immune to having a bad day.

Again, this is not very common, but it’s something to keep in mind.

With writing being so subjective, maybe the judge doesn’t like your character because he/she reminds them of the high school bully.

Your character is awesome, but this judge is never going to like your story.

So you miss out on the final round, because of the judge’s issues.

Fair? No. But it can be reality.

Luckily, the odds of you getting one is rare. Two? Astronomical. But it is possible.

You’re stuck out the money, poor feedback, and no win.

Still, I think contests are one of the great ways for writers to improve. The feedback you get is honest because they don’t know you, and thoughtful because they care.

Judges are volunteers with nothing to gain by doing this. They just want to help others succeed.

And on that note, I recommend that even if you get the judge with PMS, send a polite thank you for their time and feedback. It’s just a nice thing to do.

Contests Pro’s on entering

So, you’ve decided to enter some contests. You’ve polished your first pages/chapters until they shine. You’ve found contests that give feedback, with at  least 3 judges, and final round is with editors and agents.

Good luck.

So now, what can you expect?

The feedback from first round judges is normally pretty useful. Sure, sometimes you’ll get the judge who was having a crappy day and took it out on your pages, but overall, it’s usually a great experience.

You got a critique from experienced people.

Now, you advance to the next round.

Congrats, you’re a finalist. One of the few.

You’ll probably get feedback from the agent/editor judges, though it won’t be very expansive. It’s still usually enough to see what a professional thinks of your work, and the area’s you need to improve.

This is invaluable.

BUT, keep in mind, as with everything in this industry, it is also subjective opinion.

Now you get the call. You won!

The agent and editor both want a full.

Are you ready?

This leads me to the con’s about contests and traps to avoid.

See you next time.

Contests: To enter or not (part 1)

I always see questions about contests around the net. Are they worth it? Do you get anything out of them? What are the drawbacks?

So, I thought I’d share my experience from both sides of the fence (entrant and judge)


First, my suggestions:

-Why are you entering? To win? To get feedback? To get in front of an Agent/Editor?

Know your answers to these questions before picking the contests to enter.

If you’re entering just to win, remember, tastes are subjective. There can only be one winner.

From the judge’s perspective, I try to look at each entry as its own, without comparing it to anything else (published, my own stuff, or the other entrants). Since the contest coordinators send a checklist, with points for very specific categories, it’s pretty easy.

Still, I can only state my opinion on the categories. Some is technical, some is craft, and some is concept.

Are you entering to get feedback?

Most contests offer feedback. Most judges are a mix between published and unpublished writers. This isn’t a bad thing. Your feedback will be different things each judge specifically thought to point out. It’s almost like a mini critique (although some can be more expansive).

Keep in mind, as with any critique, it is subjective opinion.

Also, I would suggest only entering contests who give each entry at least 3 judges. That way, you get more feedback, and there’s a tie breaker. If all three say something, you probably want to look at it. If only one of the three mention something, it could be spot on, but it might fall in the ‘opinion’ area.

Are you entering to get in front of an agent/editor?

Most contests have agents and/or editors as final round judges. This is great.

But for two things.

1, you have to get to the finals.

2, I’ve found, as a writer, agents and editors judging a contest are sometimes more critical than if you just query them. They’re looking specifically for everything wrong, rather than with a query, they’re hoping to find enough right to offer for it.

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