TEASER! A Boat Made of Bone

I’m excited to share this with you guys! It’s a teaser from A Boat Made of Bone, my next book and the book that this Kickstarter campaign is for. If you enjoy this teaser, please take a moment and go pledge to help get the book published. Just $1 gets you a copy of one of my books. More pledge gets you more reward, of course–paperback copies, hardback copies, original artwork, and other cool shiz!

Thank you so much to friends, fans, and family who have already pledged! I’m truly humbled and awed by your generosity. I love you!

Onward:Eiffel Tower Kiss

We take two lifts to the top of the tower, transferring halfway up. When we step out onto the balcony of the top level, I gasp in stunned amazement. The city of Paris stretches to the horizon, a dark river of stars, an arm of the Milky Way, flowing away from us like a black lake filled with incandescent pebbles. The contrast of light and darkness is stark and humbling. I’ve never seen a more beautiful city. We walk to the nearest railing and Will wraps his arm around me, standing at my side, quiet and reverent like the moment seems to ask for.

Humans have created a lot of beautiful things and a lot of miserable things. While I’ve only seen a small bit of the ugly, I’ve witnessed a good share of the wondrous. I know as I stand there absorbing the experience that this—Paris at night at the top of the Eiffel tower—is one of the best. And maybe it’s just because I’m here with Will. Maybe it’s that I can smell his musk, and around it, the fragrance of summer in a city. Or perhaps it’s the imperfect mirror image of the city of light beneath us and the star speckled sky above us. Together the endless city and the eternal night sky make me feel so small and insignificant. The only thing that saves me is Will—his breath against my neck, his arm wrapped around me so that I realize I am known and perhaps even loved, that I am not just some unknown speck on a huge, seething planet of human life.

Being in such a place, we could be laughing, acting drunk with elation that we’re together at the top of the world, but instead we’re a bit somber. I feel stunned at the sight—I honestly didn’t anticipate being so prompted into silence.

“Want to see the other side?” Will whispers. His lips brush my ear and chills flash across my neck…

I should mention that while this teaser is in first person point-of-view, the finished product will be in third person POV. I began the first draft in third person, and about five or six scenes in, I switched it to first. And then, when I was almost done with the first draft, I decided third person would be a better vehicle for this story.

On the Kickstarter page, there’s a link to the first chapter, which is in third person. I haven’t finished making the POV switch in the entire thing yet. So you will notice some inconsistencies in POV. If you have an opinion or insight into this change, feel free to speak up. It’s been a difficult debate for me and I love getting input, even if I shoot it down and don’t follow it. Bwah ha ha ha!

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A Boat Made of Bone Kickstarter Is LIVE!

Hey everyone, the Kickstarter for my next novel, A Boat Made of Bone, has launched! Watch the video above and go here to reserve your copy (digital, paperback, or hardback) now! Share the news to enter to win $100–details will be posted soon on how to do that.

For those of you curious about WHAT the book is about, there’s a link posted on the Kickstarter page that will allow you to read the first chapter. More chapters will be unlocked when funding is met and if we can reach stretch goals. See all the stretch rewards at the bottom of the Kickstarter info page.

I’m so excited to be doing this. I love Kickstarter and have found myself nearly ADDICTED to it. Seriously, I have to rein myself in or else I’d back every cool projecting happening ALL THE FREAKING TIME. I’d be broke.

But . . .  I’d be happy. And projects would be funded. Right?

As the campaign progresses, I’ll also be posting teasers from deeper in the book, which will reveal delicious details about where the story is headed. So once you’re hooked, I hope you stay tuned for more sweet delectable tidbits from my next book.

In fact, while we’re talking about it, here’s one now.Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 5.09.01 PM

Will closes his eyes, unfolds his arms, and takes a deep breath. When he opens his eyes again, the intensity of his gaze sears me. “You’re right. That is what I’m doing, Kat, I’m sorry. Because—because what I was once, when I was alive, doesn’t matter to me anymore. What matters to me now is you. I find it difficult to know that you have a life that I’m not a part of.” He steps toward me and takes my upper arms in his hands. His grip is tight, but not uncomfortably so. “I regretted everything I did, everything I was, until I found you. It’s a second chance, and I don’t even know why I’ve been given one. Only, I’m not real. I’m dead. And I can’t even touch you, your flesh, the real you.”


Aaaand scene.

Well, there it is. I hope you’ve enjoyed that little foray into the depths of A Boat Made of Bone.

Remember to share this Kickstarter to enter to win a $100 gift card from Amazon or Paypal cash. The drawing will happen when the campaign reaches it’s funding goal. I can’t wait to give someone a hundred dollars! Details on where to enter coming soon!

UPDATE: Here’s the form for entering the giveaway for sharing.




Kickstarter $100 Giveaway

This event is being hosted by Laura at Colorimetry.



Nicole GrotepasHey everyone! I’m borrowing this blog for a moment to invite people to sign up for the Kickstarter Launch Blast we’re organizing together to spread the word on the publishing campaign for my new book: A Boat Made of Bone.Kat Miller has been having recurring dreams about the same man . . . a dead man. Will Marks, to be exact, a celebrity who died long before Kat had any reason to pay attention to celebrities. 

While the night-world she enjoys with Will beckons, her waking world has suddenly gotten intriguing. Ty Watts–a guy with looks that could set a thousand housewives free–just walked into her life. He’s got a smile that hides a secret Kat wants to know. 

But is Ty a distraction or a savior?

Kat’s dreams threaten to take over. She must negotiate the edge of reality, solve the mystery of her nightly rendezvous with Will and either set him free or lose herself forever in the seductively dangerous world he inhabits. 

A Boat Made of Bone is a love story that spans worlds, generations, and reaches beyond death into the realm of fantasy. 

–This book contains mature themes that may not be suitable for those under 18.


1 – Share this super-fun announcement with me, Nicole Grotepas!  (Details in form below)

2 – Post the campaign launch on June 22nd  (Details via email) 

3 – Share fun subject-to-change sidebar graphics as the campaign grows!


The intent of the Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds through pledges (each pledge secures some type of copy of A Boat Made of Bone) to finalize publication of the book. There are various reward levels ranging from a $1 pledge, to $10 pledges all the way up to $2000 with many stops in between. There’s something for everyone!

There are also unlockable rewards for pledgers at each $5000 level such as more chapters from the book and reward add-ons ranging from posters of the cover art to tote bags with the cover art. Be a part of all the excitement!


Every blogger who participates in sharing this announcement will be entered in a drawing for a $100 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash. 

Enter again by posting the Kickstarter June 22nd! 

This is separate from the rewards offered in the campaign – to be among the first to receive Nicole Grotepas’ new book, be sure to check out the Kickstarter, too… choose your pledge and secure your copy of A Boat Made of Bone!


Fill out this awesome form designed by Prism Book Tours and we’ll enter you in the drawing for $100 and you’ll hear from us soon! 


Kickstarter Addict

If you haven’t checked out Kickstarter before, you should. Holy crap there are some amazing projects on there. I’m totally addicted to perusing the site and backing stuff. It should come as no surprise, then, that I’m going to do my own campaign. Should it? Hmm. Maybe it should.

So I just just have to finish the video and put the final touches on the rewards for backers and we’ll launch it. I say ‘we’ because I’m going to have some help from a few friends. The begin date will probably be on the 13th, maybe sooner. It depends. If you’re interested in helping spread the word about the Kickstarter to get the book funded, contact me or Laura at Prism Book Tours to be included in the blast (that’s what we’re calling it).

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 6.15.06 PMI’ve been working on this book for quite a few months. It actually overtook the projects you see in the right sidebar there–yeah, the Root, Book 2 of the Illuminated Universe, and also that awesome Chick-lit novel. Originally I’d planned to release this new book in June, but there were some surprises in my personal life. My dad died in March and though we knew he was sick and would pass on soon, it was still more difficult than I ever imagined it would be. Some of you might have seen his obituary, which I posted here. That might have come as a surprise and I apologize for the out-of-left-field nature of that obituary.

Sad. Huh. I’m feeling somber now.

Well. OK. Moving on. Must go on.

So! About my new book! I’m classifying it as a New Adult novel even though it isn’t exactly like Colleen Hoover’s books or J. Lynne’s. There’s a supernatural element to it, but the age of the protagonist is around 24, she’s just finished college, and is looking for what’s next in her life. She begins having recurring dreams of a male celebrity who’s been dead for several years. Celebrity = she knows he’s dead. So what gives? I mean, with the dreams? Huh. Weird.

This is the synopsis I’ve written for the Kickstarter page:Dream Kiss

A Boat Made of Bone is a love story that spans worlds, generations, and reaches beyond death into the realm of fantasy. Kat MIller has been having recurring dreams about the same man–a long dead celebrity. While her night-world beckons, her real life just got intriguing with the introduction of Jared–a guy with looks that could set a thousand housewives free. Kat must negotiate the edge of reality, solve the mystery of her nightly rendezvous with Will Marks, the man from her dreams, and either set him free or lose herself forever in her sleeping world.

So, if that sounds interesting to you, spread the word! Help me get this project funded and I’ll send you thought-butterfly kisses. And such. Also, I should mention that there will be sample chapters available when the campaign launches. That way you can see if the book is something you’ll be interested in.

More updates to come!

Signing Copies of My Books

Pen and Old Book
And I promise to sign it in old German with a fountain pen.

So you bought a copy of my book and you’d like to get it signed. But how? How do you do that?

Good question.

Here’s how. Send it to me, I’ll sign it and send it back to you! For free. All you have to do is pay for shipping.

BUT, if you don’t want to go through the whole process of buying it through Amazon or elsewhere, and then haul it to the post office and send it to me, just contact me. You can buy it through me for cheap, and I’ll send it to you. All you have to do is pay for the shipping and the cost of the book (I get a wholesale price, so the book is cheaper).

Email me at grotepas [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll set up the sale. I love you and I want you to have a signed copy of my book.



“Laurie’s Thoughts” Reviews Blue Hearts of Mars

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Another great review is up! I can’t believe how insightful and some of these reviewers are! I mean, they sum up the story a thousand times better than I do. And I sincerely appreciate all their hard work SO much. I know they like to read, but I feel extremely grateful that they’d read and review my book.

A lot of them are on Blogger, where I used to host my blog and website. But I haven’t been able to post comments on a Blogger post for ages (one reason I left Blogger), which is why I haven’t been able to post comments on the reviews. I wonder if it’s just me? I hope others have experienced this problem . . . because if not . . . well.

Here’s a quote from Laurie’s review. Read the rest (and a character interview with Hemingway) here:

“This is a well-told story that takes a fantastical concept and logically develops it so that the reader falls under its spell.  I particularly liked the way in which it examines, under the guise of science fiction, how cultural beliefs and attitudes can seem so right but might actually be based on faulty premises and outright clever lies.   It reads quickly and easily; I was rapidly drawn into Retta’s adventures.  I loved the description of Mars and its various domed cities connected by high-speed trains running through a network of tunnels.  This is a mesmerizing story from an author whose imagination seems limitless.  I am looking forward to more adventures and finding out what sort of backlash Retta and Hemingway must endure next in their quest to reveal the truth.”


Thanks Laurie!

New Blog Tour Reviews

Shell BookshelfTwo blogs have posted their reviews of Blue Hearts of Mars as part of the blog tour. Here are some quotes from them. Follow the links to read the full reviews. Thanks to Michelle and Ryan for reading and reviewing my book. 🙂 I appreciate it so much!

“I am not sure if I can express how much I adored the main character, Retta. She is outspoken, sarcastic at times, and the way she stood up for others really endeared her to me. I love the way the book starts out. The opening section really hooked me in and got me excited about the subject matter of the book–androids.”

From Books-Marks the Spot.

“I was hooked on the social issues going on with android and human population. I loved that this book brought a rather interesting question to the forefront, ‘What makes a human truly human?’ Is it the sum of all of our parts or is it something more? It’s a very big question and its not one that comes with an easy answer.”

From In Libris Veritas.

“Over 1000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook” $20 Giveaway

You'll look this happy after you win.
You’ll look this happy after you win. Big money!

Next Friday I’ll be conducting a giveaway on Facebook for people who have “Liked” the Blue Hearts of Mars page! The contest will be two $20 giftcards to Amazon! So, if you haven’t become a Blue Hearts fan on Facebook, go there now and like it so you can enter to win. The rules will be that you have to “like” the page, and then you’ll need to “like” the status that details the giveaway. I’ll be conducting the giveaway using RandomPicker.

Thanks to everyone who has read, reviewed, and/or rated Blue Hearts of Mars! I sincerely appreciate and notice the support of readers. 🙂

Blue Hearts of Mars Reviewed by SMI Book Club

Tropical beach

Kat from SMI Book Club did a review for Blue Hearts of Mars that appears on their blog today. She did an excellent job and I really appreciate her insights and the great things she said about the book. Here are a few highlights from her review. You can read the rest here:

I loved that even in the future when life as we know it is gone, the human spirit is still the same. People will be people! You can’t take that away no matter the technology. The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful.

Yes! Thank you, Kat! One more:

After talking about this book to my 16 year old daughter as I was reading, she has added it to her TBR list as well. This is a great read for anyone who likes young adult, romance or science-fiction. According to the author, this book was written as a stand-alone, but I could really see their story continuing. I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!


I did write Blue Hearts of Mars as a stand-alone novel, however, I’ve been getting such positive feedback about interest in a sequel that I may write one, and if not that, then at least a novella or something in the Blue Hearts universe. I have a lot of other projects in the works at the moment, but I’m willing to put some of them on hold to work on one that seems to be in demand. If you read Blue Hearts of Mars and want me to do a follow-up, speak up! Either here or on Goodreads or in an Amazon review. I’m a great listener!

April Fools Giveaway: No Joke, Win Big! Kindle Fire Giveaway

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The winner will have the option of receiving a 7″ Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

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