Friday, August 9, 2019

Sealed With a Kiss stuff

Hey guys! So, I've got lots of exciting news for the Sealed With a Kiss series. First of all, I have all of the titles and stories finalized, and a lot of the supporting characters are getting their own books. I'm going to share all of them with you, and I've also added all of them to Goodreads so you can add them to your WTR list there. So, here's the full list of books that will be in the series, released and still to come). Add them all on Goodreads here!


  1. My Lips Are Sealed (Zoe #1)
  2. My Heart Is Sealed (Zoe #2)
  3. My Future Is Sealed (Zoe #3)
  4. My Fate Is Sealed (Elijah #1)
  5. My Bonds Are Sealed (River and Mason)
  6. My Soul Is Sealed (Elijah #2--Coming November 21, 2019)
  7. My Dreams Are Sealed (Elijah #3--TBD)
  8. My Pride Is Sealed (Maddie and Autumn--TBD)
  9. My Past Is Sealed (Kelly and Shane--TBD)
  10. My Choice Is Sealed (Abby and Nick--TBD)
  11. Our Years Are Sealed (Megan and Rob--TBD)
  12. My Role Is Sealed (Grant and Bryce--TBD)

That leads me into the other two announcements I have about Sealed With a Kiss stuff. First of all, My Soul Is Sealed has a release date! It will be coming to you on November 21st, with ARCs going out around Halloween. If you want to qualify to receive an advance copy of this book, it's preferable if you've read the whole series, but you at least need to have read Elijah's first book, My Fate Is Sealed. Otherwise, a lot of the stuff he says won't make a lot of sense to you.

Second, yes, Grant and Bryce are getting their own book, My Role Is Sealed. When I decided to write books for some of the supporting characters, I thought about giving Grant his own book with Bryce because I love Grant so much. But I really fought against the idea for a while, because the idea of writing a M/M romance scared the hell out of me. I'm still scared of it, honestly, but I'm also really excited to get to know Grant and Bryce better. I saved it for last, though, because I think I'm going to need some time to mentally prepare myself, and I'm also going to need some time to do some research and read at least a couple of M/M books to get an idea of what I want to do with their story and how I want to approach it.

Anyway, lots of exciting stuff coming up for this series, and I can't wait to share it all with you. I'm mostly done with the rough draft of My Soul Is Sealed and I'm super excited about how it's turning out. Because I just can't wait to share a little of it with you, here are a couple of teaser graphics that I made.



Friday, June 7, 2019

Editing!

Yep, twice in one day. Lucky you. 😜 But I thought this warranted a separate blog. So, to pick up a little extra cash, I've started editing and formatting novels. Since I write romance, obviously that's what I'm most comfortable editing, but I will edit any genre. I'm going to post a link in the sidebar to my Fiverr page for editing, but I'm also going to post my prices right here. I'm aiming to price myself at a point where new authors who can't afford an arm and a leg for an editor can still get a quality job done. So, here's my price scale:

Up to 80k words: $300
81-100k words: $400
100-150k words: $500
Each additional 5k words: $25

Formatting ebook and paperback: $75 by itself or $50 if I edit the book.

If you'd like to talk to me about editing your book, you can email me at carmenrichterwriting@gmail.com or click here to go to my Fiverr page.

What Doesn't Kill You

Hey, guys. Sorry it's taken me a whole week to write a post about What Doesn't Kill You. It's been a CRAZY week of marketing and promoting the new book, but I'm overwhelmed by how well this little brainchild of mine was received. It's kind of crazy to think that when I started writing this story, it was never even going to see the light of day. Now, people are falling in love with Ian and Kyler and their love story. I love that so much! In fact, I want to share some of my favorite snippets from Goodreads reviews with you, because some of the reviews have made me choke up a bit. And I also want to share some fan art that a few of my ARC readers made for the book.

"What I love about this book is her strength to overcome the shame and torment that was inflicted on her. It shows that despite all the monsters did to her, crushing to what seems no point of return, you can overcome it. You can come out stronger. And you can and will be loved when you met the right guy! Love conquers all!"

"Kyler and Ian's relationship was so sweet-I loved them together. Ian is so swoony!"

"I have never been that big of a fan of teenage romance books, but this book has blown me away and has stolen my heart."

"I would recommend this book to anyone, I see it smashing the ranks! Please read with caution! Fall in Love with this cute couple and some amazing side characters!"

"After reading this book I was so speechless that someone so young went through something so painful [and] ended turning it into something positive. Carmen Richter has blown me away with book."

"This book is confronting, thought provoking, captivating and a real page turner. "

"This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last."





Sunday, April 28, 2019

Some New Stuff

Hey guys!

There are a few new things happening. It's all exciting stuff, and I wanted to share!

First of all, after I got my paperback proof in the mail and I saw how light the city skyline looked on the cover, I decided to darken it. So, I give you the new full wrap for the What Doesn't Kill You cover! I like this a lot better. I think it has more of an "us against the world" vibe, which works really well for Ian and Kyler's story.




Second, now that I've gotten my writing juices flowing again, I'm starting to dive back into the Sealed With a Kiss world. Since the next book is part two of Elijah's story, my first step in doing that is going back and re-reading My Fate Is Sealed from cover to cover to get back into his head. I'm not going to be doing cover reveals for the next two books, because since I just took the images from the covers on the original trilogy and Photoshopped a different background color into them to make them the same, but different (just like the books are the same, but different), you pretty much know what they look like already anyway and it'd be kind of anticlimactic. But I'm in love with how the blue background turned out on the next book, so I wanted to share it. So, here's the cover for My Soul Is Sealed.



And, finally, because I decided to make some merchandise to put in a grand prize pack for the release party for What Doesn't Kill You, I went ahead and made a store on Zazzle too. So on the off chance that anyone wants a keychain, coffee mug, notebook, magnet, or something else with my name on it, GO CHECK OUT MY STORE! (P.S. I'm kind of in love with my new logo. Since, you know, I have a cat and a bunny.)

Friday, April 19, 2019

What Doesn't Kill You Cover Reveal!

So...I did a thing. Because ARCs for What Doesn't Kill You went out early, I decided to push my cover and blurb reveal date up a week. I designed this cover myself, and I am SO excited to share it with you! Also, the pre-order link for the book is now live, and it is for presale on most retailers now! Click here to reserve your copy! You can also add the book to your Goodreads WTR list!

 

If what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, Kyler Strong should be Wonder Woman by now.

Three weeks before her sixteenth birthday, Kyler was the victim of sexual assault by three varsity football players at her high school. She was intimidated into silence and slut-shamed at school afterwards, ensuring that anyone she told wouldn’t believe her. She resolved to keep her head down and suffer her way through high school, knowing that after she graduated, she would be free of her attackers, who continued to torment her daily.

Kyler’s plan worked great for two years. But that plan didn’t account for Ian Thomason, the football player who transferred in from out of town. When he asked her to tutor him in Spanish and Algebra, something made her say yes, even though all of her survival instincts were telling her to run. But are those instincts, the ones that have told her that all men are not to be trusted, always right? Or is Ian, the boy she never saw coming, exactly what she needs to help her heal from the wounds of her past?

Fans of the shows 13 Reasons Why and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit will love this tale of strength and survival.

Trigger warning: This book includes a scene where Kyler describes her sexual assault in detail and also deals with the trauma she suffers afterwards. Though it is set in high school, it deals with mature themes and is intended for mature audiences.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

What Doesn't Kill You Announcements!!!

Sorry this has taken a couple of days. Blogger was being weird and wouldn't let me post for some reason. Anyway, I've got some exciting announcements about What Doesn't Kill You to share!

First, I've started putting my ARC team together for this book. If you'd like to be part of that team, FILL OUT THIS FORM. Because What Doesn't Kill You is a standalone and completely unrelated to the Sealed With a Kiss series, you do NOT have to be caught up with Sealed With a Kiss to join the ARC team. However, you do need to be able to commit to reading and reviewing the book by May 31st, which is the release date.

Second, I'm so excited to share the cover and blurb with you that I just can't wait until May 31st. So my cover and blurb reveal will be on April 24th, and I'm going to be hopping around on Facebook sharing the cover and doing some ARC giveaways on that day. So make sure you join me on Facebook that day!

Third, as I stated above, the release date for What Doesn't Kill You is going to be May 31st. I'm starting to reach out to get a release party or two scheduled on Facebook, and I'll make sure to let you know when and where they'll be.

And, finally, I've added What Doesn't Kill You to Goodreads, so you can ADD IT TO YOUR TBR LIST.

I'm so excited about this book and I can't wait for everyone to get to meet Ian and Kyler! I know you'll love them as much as I've grown to.



Wednesday, April 3, 2019

I might be getting the hang of this blogging thing...or not.

Yeah, notice I said I might be getting the hang of this blogging thing. This is still a little late, but I am getting better at it. That counts for something, right? I wanted to write a post to tell you about a new standalone project I'm working on. Fret not, Elijah's second book, My Soul Is Sealed, is still coming. But it'll be a bit. And there's a reason for that, which I'm going to share with you. It's kind of a long story, so sit back, relax, and grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or soda, or whatever your beverage of choice is).

A little bit before Christmas, I ended up in the ER with some health issues. Without going into too much detail, I've had stuff going on that my doctors brushed off for way too long and told me would go away if I would just get an expensive gastric bypass surgery that I couldn't afford. And, well, it ended up coming to a head in a really bad way, landing me in the ER at 10pm on a Sunday night a week and a half before Christmas. I finally got a doctor to confirm what I already knew, that something was going on that was way more complicated than just my being overweight. I needed treatment, I needed specialists, and I needed occupational therapy. For another month, I struggled through working full-time and dealing with my health problems and trying to get to a ton of doctor's appointments. Well, something had to give, so my doctors were kind enough to help me get short term disability from my job so I didn't have to work full-time while I was trying to get better.

Seems like a great thing for my budding writing career, right? Being off of work should have meant I had more time to write and I could just keep churning out Sealed With a Kiss books when I wasn't at the doctor. Except nothing's ever that easy. The medicine I'm on for pain makes concentrating difficult, which isn't good for writing. I'd already committed to a release date for My Bonds Are Sealed at that point and I didn't want to disappoint, so I pushed myself and got River and Mason's book released on time. And I'm so glad I did, because I think it's my favorite book of the series so far (sorry, Zoe and Elijah, lol). But, once that was released, I struggled to concentrate and get back into Elijah's mind so I could write his second book, My Soul Is Sealed. I was making progress and I knew where the story needed to go, but it just wasn't as good as My Fate Is Sealed was. I didn't want to end up putting something out that I wasn't going to be happy with, because if I'm not happy with it, I know you guys won't be either. Plus, the Sealed With a Kiss series is my baby and Zoe, Elijah, River, Mason, and all of their friends and family have become like old friends in a way. I needed to stay true to them, and I really felt like the best way to do that was to take a break, focus on my health, and then get back into it when I started getting better. So, five and a half chapters into My Soul Is Sealed, I decided to shelf it for a bit. It'll still happen, I promise, but it might be a little while.

I couldn't just quit writing, though. I mean, writing is who I am. It's my escape from the real world. And when I just plug in, put some music on, and put fingers to keyboard, I don't think about the pain I'm in as much. So, after reading an ARC of a book that was a similar trope to a story I'd been thinking about writing for a while (speaking of, if you haven't read the new book Stronger by Erica Marselas, I highly recommend it), I decided to just fool around with writing a new story with new characters for a bit to pass the time. Even if it was just for myself, just for fun. I needed to be writing.

It was around this time that I made a new friend on Facebook named Rebekah. What started as me giving her a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way about breaking through in this crazy world of independent writing and publishing (not that I'm an expert by any means, but after five books, I've learned a few things) turned into chatting about our books and our stories. I told her about the story I'd started fooling around with, and she encouraged me to keep at it, even if it never saw the light of day. So I did. I kept at it, and it slowly started to take form as a new novel. And with Rebekah's help beta reading and helping me conceptualize some plot points I was having trouble with, it's turning into something way bigger and better than I ever anticipated. Even with my pain medicine, I'm writing again. The words are flowing again. And it's incredible.

So, now that I've completely bored you with my tale...I give you What Doesn't Kill You, a standalone novel about love's healing power (you didn't think I'd completely go off script, did you?). What Doesn't Kill You is a story set in a fictional high school in the Kansas City area and it tells the story of Kyler Strong, the shy and quiet girl who suffered a trauma that she never told anyone about, and Ian Thomason, the football player with a soft side who not only helps her to heal, but helps her get the justice she deserves. While it is a high school story, it's dark and gritty and it talks about the kind of stuff that happens in high schools that no one wants to talk about. Stuff like sexual assault and bullying and teachers looking the other way, and sometimes even participating in it. But it's also a story of hope, and of finding love when you're not even looking for it. If you're a fan of the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why or of shows like Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, I think you'll really enjoy this book.

I'm not completely done with the rough draft yet, and because I do still have to take breaks when the pain medicine makes my brain too foggy to continue, I'm not nailing down a release date quite yet. But it'll be coming out soon, before the next installment of Sealed With a Kiss. Once I get a little further along with it and can nail down a timeline I feel comfortable with, I'll announce a cover and blurb reveal date and a release date. But I'm already in love with Ian and Kyler and I just couldn't wait any longer to tell you about them. So, keep your eyes peeled for more news soon. And, until then, make sure you catch up on the Sealed With a Kiss series, especially My Bonds Are Sealed if you haven't read it yet.