Spreading love

Spreading love

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day after Mardi Gras

Good morning:
Mardi Gras season, which takes place in the Gulf Coast regions of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, is officially over. I worked a Pass Christian parade on Mardi Gras Sunday and celebrated Fat Tuesday indoors with great news!
I've finally made some headway with my first four E-Books at Splice Publishing. https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ktbishop.
Strangers in Love and Royal Icing- are ranked 18th and 19th among best-sellers in Men's Adventures. Strangers also reached No. 21 for Short Stories under 20,000 words.
Diamonds and Pearls reached 14th on Cultural and Ethnic groups and reached number one among Hispanics and Latinos. Alabama Gumbo reached No. 21 among Short Stories under 20,000 words.
This isn't the Top 10 where my E-books usually place at other organizations, but I'll take it. I've got to start someplace......

Monday, February 9, 2015

Royal Icing

Good evening:
Here's my fourth release from Splice Publishing, Royal Icing.
Last year, I took the liberty of challenging myself to write a sports romance that wasn't football, basketball or baseball.
The people closest to me know that football is my favorite sport (Yes, I'm going through withdrawal now that the Super Bowl has come and gone). Being raised in the South, I had no choice in the matter.
I thought to myself, ''Why not write a hockey book?" The two closest NHL teams are in Atlanta and Nashville. We had minor league hockey in Biloxi, but those teams knew about the sport as much as I'm a brain surgeon.
Writing about hockey wasn't as challenging as I envisioned. I allowed my characters, Adam Sanchez and Asha Sarin, to dominate the pages with their romance of successful business people.
Here's an excerpt:
 Adam and Asha toured NYC on their first evening in town. She happily served as his tour guide, mostly through the back seat of a cab in bumper-to-bumper traffic down Main Street. 
 “The city looks smaller on TV,” he said.
 “You should never base your perception off TV,” Asha said. “Newspapers may be declining, but at least they give you much a better glimpse of reality than the TV.”
  “I love the TV, but it has too much influence over people,” Asha said.
He shrugged his shoulders and stared out the window at the countless gigantic buildings, including Madison Square Garden.
Asha ordered the driver to pull over. “Let’s stop here for a minute.”
“No problem,” the driver said.
The exhausted tone in Adam's voice strongly hinted of tiredness. “Why are we stopping?”
“That’s where some of the Knights’ hockey games are played against the Rangers,” Asha said.
 “Thought only the Knicks played there,” Adam retorted.
 Asha’s eyes blinked and appeared to be astounded at his lack of sports history in NYC. “You’re going to buy a team and don’t know where they play.”
She cringed at his lack of knowledge in NYC sports
 “I’ll figure that out later,” Adam said coldly. He rolled his eyes.
 “New York City is an American icon,” Asha said proudly. “Since 9/11, I've kept a thoughtful eye on them.”
 He gritted his teeth and seemed pissed. “Touring isn't at the top of my priorities right now.”
 “I'm going to get you out of the stuffy office, even if it kills me,” Asha said.
Adam rolled his eyes again and grumbled under his cold breath.