Hogmanay: Edinburgh’s New Year Festival or…

Best part of writing to me is researching online for facts or not even so much facts, but information to add and make a story believable. And while fine-tuning my third novel,  I discovered Hogmanay. The word alone expresses some kind of joy, and in Edinburgh it is – commercially or factually – you choose which to believe.

In the meantime, happy New Year Everyone!!!

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Free Novel Giveaway: Piazza Navona

Wow, April is coming to an end sooner than I had hoped. Only 2 days left and with that my book giveaway is coming to an end. I am curious to get a list of five winners who will get a free copy of the book. I am also very nervous about what they will say, once they do read it. Naturally hoping, good things. So, I just wanted to remind everyone to click here and sign up for a free giveway – keeping in mind Part II will be out May 19th. And that my friends you won’t want to miss.

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To purchase the book please click here

Challenges of an Indie Author

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I have to say a year ago, I thought writing a book would be the most difficult thing to do. Well, I was wrong. Marketing and advertising has topped the list of everything difficult an author is faced with in regards to making her/his book noticed and read.

Of course the internet is saturated with information on how to market and advertise (which is not the same thing by the way) and although it all sounds easy, it can be challenging and a little discouraging. However, I’m not giving up. I will do everything in my power to market and advertise my book, including a roundtable with reading groups and more.

I love my book and wholeheartedly believe you will too, just give it a chance. Keep one thing in mind, the second edition of Piazza Navona is in the works and should be out mid December – addressing the misspelled words undetected by various computerized editing programs, and the formatting errors also undetected by the publishing company on more than one occasion.

So, bottom line is – buy the book if you don’t mind the minor spelling errors and incorrect indents. Wait for the second edition, if you do. Meanwhile, I will organize book signings and put out a calendar of events (very shortly) and welcome anyone who wants to invite me to make a public appearance to discuss the book, or how I came about to writing a novel and what are the obstacles in committing to write a novel.

As always, I do thank you from the bottom of my heart.
MLKilian

My First Novel – Piazza Navona

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I hesitated posting a blog entry today, which I do on occasion, while thinking about the topic and then I walked into my office this morning to discover that my first novel hit Amazon Kindle  and is in queue to become available through other e-book means: iBookstore, Sony, Barnes and Nobles, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Page Pushers and more.

My first reaction of course was that I was shocked and happy and then immediately got embarrassed for the fact, people I knew were going to read my book. 🙂 Strange, very scary and at the same time invigorating. I am proud. Very happy and a little emotional. Whatever this book does in sales, I have one thing to say. I achieved a goal I set for myself and fulfilled a dream. Now I can smile every single day, for the rest of my life.

The Romance of Writing Novels

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Quotes play a major role in paving the course of a novel, at least for me. Outside of travel to romantic destinations, I find my stories in quotes. Well mostly those that apply to me at the moment I am going through something. The ability to take a few words and turn it into a story is a wonderful challenge, one I wholeheartedly have embraced and hope to apply to all my writings for years to come.