I promised a character portrait post. Here it be.

This could also be titled My First Attempt At Photoshop. (see the end of the post for more on the how of it all) I’ll be using color copies of these as my Gen Con table backdrop, and if they aren’t a flop, I’ll do several more and get properly-printed versions or maybe even fabric-print them.

Art makes me happy.

First, I present to you the Rough Passages Gallery. I have enough art to do several more, but these are the only ones I’ve finished so far.

And below you can feast your eyes on the Restoration Gallery. I still need character art for Felicity, Pete, Neil and Dan to make this a complete set, but I’ll have to sell more books to justify it. Author goals!

Note: the images I used for these were all commissioned pieces I’ve collected over the years. The talent of all these artists never fails to amaze me. I credit them each individually on the character pages here on the website. I’ll try to add links in this post later this year when I have…ugh time and more brainpower to deal with website formatting.

Take a picture, get a free ebook

Hello, dear readers! I have a con coming up in a few weeks, so here’s a timely reminder about my add-on-the-ebook program.

Currently, when you purchase a paperback book from me–say, at a convention, or ordered from Your Favorite Local Book Place–then you can add the ebook edition to your collection too. All you have to do is post a shelfie of the book on social media.

Imaginary reader asks, “Golly, Karen, what’s a shelfie?”

“Glad you asked!” I reply. “A shelfie is a photograph of a book or books in your choice of setting. Standing on a shelf,  sitting on a table, in the middle of a stack of other books, whatever.”

You do NOT need to be in this picture yourself (although if you are, that’s extra awesome, of course.) For the pic to qualify as a shelfie, it needs only to be a photo of your purchased book somewhere in a setting of your choice. Some random options:

  • On one of your bookshelves between all its neighbors.
  • In your hand.
  • sitting in your To Be Read Stack.
  • resting on a table
  • Leaning against a houseplant.
  • next to a cat, dog, bird, or other pet.
  • Outside on the arm of a deck chair.

Really, the opportunities are endless. Once you have your photo, post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter–and tag me so I don’t miss it! I’m @kmherkes on Facebook & Instagram, and @dawnrigger on Twitter.

When I see it, I’ll message you to find out your preferred ebook format & destination email.

I get a happy, you get a free ebook. SO SIMPLE.

There’s no set end date for this program. I’ll honor it as long as I can keep up with people sending me shelfies. So.

That’s all for now.

Ta until later!

important postscript:  I have things set up to give buyers access to a free Kindle edition automatically when they buy print books from The Website Named For A Big River.  This is my way of making sure no one gets left out.

A sampling of pictures.

Hello, world! Long time no post (Again. It’s a trend.)

I’ve been busy writing, mulling over a couple of serious posts I’ll eventually finish & pin up here, and stressing over Upcoming Big Life Events. 

I don’t want to totally neglect my little corner of blogland, though, so here are a few bits to keep it lively.

First, my new writing (and napping) buddy. A delightful surprise birthday-ish gift from Spouseman, she’s soft & squishy & has the cutest l’il smile. She’s keeping me safe as I navigate the thorny wilderness of revisions on Sharp Edge of Yesterday. View on Instagram http://bit.ly/2RBXbWn

Addendum: turns out sushi-roll Pusheen was an appetizer gift! Here be Big Squishy Fox, who will keep me well-supported when I am working from the couch or reading there with little Book Fox & my Kindle. My superhero Spouseman takes good care of me. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Below, next in neat things, behold the first collectible pins inspired by Rough Passages! (SO PRETTY SO SHINY) I’ll have them ready for purchase at Gen Con* along with my books. I can hardly believe it, but hhis is really happening.

*I’ll be at table AE on Authors Avenue, so if you’re in the area. PLEASE stop by & say hello?

Still life w/ breakfast tea.

And that’s all until later!