Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Merry Christmas 2020

It has been one of the weirdest years ever for most of us, but the calendar will change to 2021 in a few days and there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. If you're looking for some new books to keep you company during the winter ahead, here's my reading accomplishments for 2020. 


There are two more books I'll finish before the end of the calendar year (Beloved by Toni Morrison and Breakfast at the Honey Creek CafĂ© by Jodi Thomas), and I'd love to hear your recommendations for books old and new. Drop a note in the comments section! 

I hope you all enjoy this holiday season, however you celebrate, and I look forward to seeing you in person again soon. 

Merry Christmas from Kimba and all of us here at Serenity Mountain Publishing. 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Holiday Paperback Sales

It's that time of year again for discounts on my back stock of paperbacks. This year is a bit different, however. I got all loaded up for spring events and, well, none of them happened. Or the summer ones. Or the fall ones. I only did a couple of very small events during the whole year put together. SO! That means I have a back stock on most of my titles and have put them on deep discount. Hopefully, there will be safe spring events in the future, but for today, everything must go. 

Here's the biggest deals:

Tap on the image or go to my website to take advantage of these discounts. Individual paperbacks are also on sale ranging from $7 to $9 for my children's books. At the Corner of Magnetic and Main is only $11 as well. I'm still more than happy to autograph and personalize them for anyone you wish. 

The Tigran Chronicles is not discounted because I only have four copies left in stock. I'll have more in the future, but not in time for the holidays, so grab 'em while you can. 

These prices are only on my personal inventory, not at any other website. At this point, I do not anticipate any discounts on ebooks.  

I hope you are all staying safe and continuing to be careful. There's a promise of a return to normal on the horizon. Until then, snuggle down with a good book, or two. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Millionaires For The Month Review

Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty

's review

it was amazing

McAnulty brings her A-game to this book. The story is thoroughly delightful and kept me reading long past bedtime. I loved the relationship between the two very different characters, and I imagine researching the details for this book was a blast.

I admit, the back matter of the book made me want to run away screaming, but I didn't because my husband was asleep next to me. For those of you who enjoy math (and seeing anything involving figuring out X doesn't make you break out in a flop sweat), there are all kinds of activities that could be done throughout the book as the characters manage their money, and there are details in the back explaining many mathy things (that I skipped). Math teachers everywhere can enjoy teaming up with the reading teachers!

I highly recommend this for middle grade and YA readers -- and adults as well. What would you buy with a million dollars?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Book Launch Day: The Tigran Chornicles Is Here!!


Wait! It IS October 1st! Happy Book Birthday to The Tigran Chronicles

This novel has been in the works for the last few years, and I'm delighted to share it with you. This is not a part of any of my current series but may be the beginning of a new one. In case you missed all my other posts about this novel, here's the detail:

Being part tiger and part human should be an advantage—
not lead to your extermination.

Taliya, a seventeen-year-old tigran, has been forced to flee her country home and go into hiding to escape the Enforcers and the Gathering that began in 2172, orchestrated by President Kerkaw and his corrupt martial law of the United States. But it isn’t long before Taliya is captured and forced into a covert military breeding program. Paired with a magnificent male white tigran named Kano, Taliya is determined to survive, whatever the cost, but she is only at the beginning of her journey. What awaits her is more challenging and life-changing than she ever could have imagined.

You can read more about this book and other updates from me in my fall newsletter by tapping here. 

If you want to join in some book launch fun, here's a jigsaw puzzle of the cover. I completed it in 6:08. Can you beat me?? 

You can get your own copy of The Tigran Chronicles at Amazon, directly from me (if you'd like a signed copy with a matching bookmark), or on ebook from nearly every other source. 

Happy Fall. And Happy Reading!! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Writing Workshops & Book Events

Some parts of life are returning to normal, even with my fall events cancelled. I had the chance to participate in an outdoor local author event at Bookish in Fort Smith at their Bakery District location. It wasn't as well attended as they had hoped, but I met some wonderful people and we managed to share stories around our masks. 

Bookish and I are working on getting a couple of my titles on consignment there, so stay tuned for that update. I must get to the main location soon so I can meet Barrie, their store cat. 

I spent a delightful day with the White County Creative Writers over the weekend speaking to them about "Writing for Children" and "Running With Inspiration." It was odd to be in a room full of people again, but masks were worn when we left our table space and distances were kept. They are such an engaged group, striving to make their writing the best it can be. It is always a joy to be invited to hang out with other writers!

Scott & Meg at the book sales table.

Meg speaking to the group.

Meg being distracted by a close-up photo.

If you are still not comfortable or able to attend the conferences you normally do, here's a link to my "Running With Inspiration" or "What-If" workshop that I did for an event that went online. It's much shorter than what I would do in person because I had a time limit, but it might still inspire you to take pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) today. 

Now I'm back to the final steps in presenting my new book, The Tigran Chronicles, to the world. You can already purchase a paperback copy through my website (for signed copies with a matching bookmark) or through Amazon. The ebook is in final editing and should be done by next week, and the hardcover is in the final gasps as well. Almost there! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Summer Updates, Fall Festivals Cancelled

First of all, if you follow me on social media you may have seen that I tested positive for COVID-19 on July 22nd. While it wasn't pleasant, and I just got my sense of smell back a few days ago, I was fortunate to never feel that I needed to go to the hospital. Besides continuing to tire easily, all is well. I still have no idea where I got it because I've been ridiculously careful. Wear. Your. Masks!! 

Along those same pandemic lines, I can share that the War Eagle Craft Fair and Festival, where many of you may have met me, is cancelled this year. Or "postponed," as they say, which means they don't have to return money for vendors who already paid. My booth has always been over in Sharp's Field, which is really a separate fair, and I have not officially heard from Lucy Sharp that she is cancelling as well, but I'm making that assumption. 

To say that it has been a rough year for makers and artists and writers and all of our sort is putting it mildly. My best and most productive (and most fun!!) events during the year are fairs and festival where I can meet people face to face. They've all been cancelled, and probably rightly so. However, don't forget that people are still out there hawking their wares. Buy from them online! 

Along those lines . . . you can assure you get a first-round copy of The Tigran Chronicles by going to my online store through Square and getting your paperback! That much is already up at Amazon, but the release is not official yet as the ebook versions and hardcover are still in process and many sites have slow tech integration and issues that not everyone who is best at fixing are around to handle. 

I will be speaking at the White County Creative Writers Conference over the Labor Day Weekend, and that will actually be an in-person event because the group is relatively small. Join us!! I may have some copies of The Tigran Chronicles available if they arrive in time. Yay!!

For now we are just moving forward with getting this year's book done and published and into the hands of readers. Hopefully there will be calmer days ahead for the whole world.