Welcome to Flying Tiger Press

At Flying Tiger Press, you’ll find stories about people– people grappling with new magical abilities, venturing on journeys of self-discovery, finding love in unexpected places.
The battles 
fought are on home ground. The stakes played are closest to the heart.

Flying Tiger books. Where magic gets personal.

Explore the magic of Flying Tiger Press books. Read samples at For Your Reading Enjoyment. Buy Flying Tiger books at Amazon and other major online retailers.

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Flying Tiger Press is the imprint for fantasy by
Kathlena L. Contreras and K. Lynn Bay.

 

Apr 02

Be Yourself

We were travelling over the past week, and I saw a tote in a shop window with this saying:

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

I really like that. It seems I run into so many messages saying, “You should be like this,” or “You should do that.” While it’s important to strive and grow, it’s also important to be true to oneself and face the world from a place of honesty. If I don’t, I’m convinced that at some level, people will sense it.

This applies to writing, too.  There’s often pressure to “write to the market.” That’s where success is found! The only problem is, “the market” is a moving target. What’s hot today might no longer be hot in the amount of time it takes me to write a book. “Writing to the market” is about following trends, not setting them, writing a book that’s just like ten thousand unmemorable others. Dean Wesley Smith wrote a good blog post on this topic.

To me, though, the issue is even more basic than markets and sales. It’s about honesty, about being true to myself and to the reader. I just can’t write to a market. It feels dishonest. It feels mercenary. If I want readers to care about my stories, I owe it to them to offer something I care about.

It might not be a story to hit the bestseller lists and make millions, but it might touch someone or give a few hours of enjoyment. And it will be my story, not something I wrote hoping to cash in on the latest trend.

Mar 29

Goodreads Giveaway for Blackthorne

I’m giving away a limited number of signed copies of Blackthorne on Goodreads during the month of April. Click on the links below to enter.

The ebook is also available as a Kindle Countdown Deal today through April 1. Hurry! It’s only 99 cents!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Blackthorne by K. Lynn Bay

Blackthorne

by K. Lynn Bay

Giveaway ends April 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Mar 09

Tense Joke

The past, present and future walked into a bar. It was tense.

Thanks to The Passive Voice and Etsy.

Mar 03

High Concept and Human Beings

High concept is the enemy of the writer. The friend of the writer is the human being, the full-blooded character interacting with another character.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Thanks to The Passive Voice.

Feb 10

Free Will and Personality

My dad and I have a running debate on the concept of free will. His position (and I’m vastly oversimplifying here) is that free will doesn’t exist and we’re nothing more than highly complex machines operating according to the programming of our genes and environment. He does a better job explaining the details of his views, which you can read on DeBaytable, his blog.

We tend to agree on most topics, but this is one on which we’re poles apart. In fact, my response to this view is powerful and visceral rejection. It’s no surprise that the debate between us on this topic can get a bit heated. So when he mentioned that he was planning on writing another post on free will, I think we were both treading with care around the hissing volcanic vents of disagreement.

Part of our discussion was a recent Hugh Howey post in which Hugh talks about how writers respond to the realities of book sales and what part free will plays in these responses. Hugh says,

That is, the more we are aware of our lack of free will, the more free will we exercise. We suddenly begin to “feel” ourselves reacting to our environment in a manner we find distasteful — and we immediately fight this urge. Learning that our attitudes are mostly reflex gives us impetus to change them.

My takeaway from Hugh’s post is that, while we may be programmed to some extent, we also have the the ability to be aware of that fact and to change our responses.

This got me to thinking about the Enneagram theory of personality. In this theory, each of us belongs to one of nine personality types. While you can’t change your basic personality type, you can move up and down the levels of health within your type, responding to life in a healthy or unhealthy fashion.

This seems to reconcile the differences between my dad’s position on free will and mine. While we may be incapable of changing who we are, we aren’t locked into the tiny prison of blind automatic response to stimuli. Rather, we have room to exercise, to stretch, to try out new responses and new behaviors, to choose to move to a place where the views are higher and the horizons broader.

Within the bounds of our personalities, we’re as free–or as constrained–as we choose to be.

Feb 08

The World Has Officially Ended

We were driving up I-25 toward Santa Fe, and I saw a sign for…

50 Shades of Gray: The Musical

Wait–what? Seriously? I mean, does Ana sing arias as Christian snaps her into fur-lined handcuffs and spanks her, or what? Dear god, we’re doomed. Absolutely, unquestionably doomed.

Five minutes later, after an internet search…

Oh! It’s a parody! That makes ever so much more sense. Also, I found a pretty funny YouTube video.

Feb 05

Blackthorne Now Available

Blackthorne

Blackthorne is now available on Amazon as an e-book.

A dark lord from another universe. A lonely high school girl. A fateful meeting between them changes both their lives forever—and leaves the future of two worlds hanging by his forgotten past.

In another world, a dark mage called the Storm Lord fights for his life. As his enemies breach the walls of his fortress, he opens a portal between realities. He leaps, tumbling into darkness.

Driving along a gravel road in California’s Sierra foothills, 17-year-old Ro Cheney wishes she had someone, anyone she could count on.

A black hole opens suddenly and spills a man onto the road. He’s wounded, strangely dressed, doesn’t speak English—and doesn’t even remember his own name. When she lays a compassionate hand on his shoulder, the shoulder of a man who has known nothing but violence and hatred, she sets an unlikely bond between them.

Ro names the man Blackthorne, never realizing how dangerous he is. But a rare closeness grows between them, and they begin to change one another in ways that neither understands.

But the past won’t rest. Hunting the Storm Lord across the worlds are five vengeful mages, determined to destroy the monster who devastated their own world. Before he faces them, he must battle a far more terrible enemy within—the Storm Lord himself, who struggles to emerge from the darkness of Blackthorne’s buried memories.

Buy Blackthorne on Amazon and Amazon UK.

Click here to read a sample of Blackthorne.

Jan 29

Paying the Writer

I read several blogs by and for writers to keep up with the business of writing. Blogs take time to write, and many include a “donate” link where readers can help fund the blogger’s time to maintain the blog. My favorite Donate button is on Passive Guy’s blog, The Passive Voice.  PG says, “Don’t click the button unless it makes you happy.” Besides the fact that PG maintains an awesome blog on the indie writing world, his gentle appeal does indeed make me happy to pitch in to help fund it.

On the other hand, another well-respected blogger put this statement at the end of a post: The minute funding dries up for this blog, I stop writing it.

Whoa. Maybe it’s just me, but this is rude. Although this blogger maintains a valuable blog, this… hmmm, how shall I put it?… this demand for funding turned me off to the point I no longer want to read the blog– much less donate a dime.

I’m seeing more writers take this militant stance. For instance, many books’ copyright and info page now includes a statement to the effect of, “If someone lent you this book, return it and buy your own copy.” Way to respect your readers, guys.

Now, don’t get me wrong. As a writer, I believe writers should be paid for our time and effort. And believe me, writing takes a lot of time and effort. But no one wins any fans by being demanding and entitled. Sure, a few readers might be guilt-tripped and intimidated into paying, but chances are good a lot of them won’t come back.

Here’s the way I look at the issue. You bought my book. It’s yours now. You read it and loved it enough to lend it to a friend. Thank you! I’m glad you have this much enthusiasm for my work. You may be inspired to buy more of my books, and if your friend feels the way you do, s/he might buy my books, too. In fact, if s/he wants to lend her copy to friends, wow! I’m really excited. That means more new readers.

So I’m all for libraries, too. All those people checking out books and reading them–gasp!–for free. Used bookstores, too. They’re a great place to discover new books and authors. Piracy doesn’t bother me much, as long as someone else isn’t making money off my work.

I think that’s the bottom line for me–if someone is going to make money from my work, I do want that someone to be me. But if you’re reading for your own enjoyment? Hey, that’s my job. I hope I’m doing it well enough you’ll tell your friends. Because the happier you are, dear reader, and the more books I sell, the more time I’ll be able to devote to writing them.

Jan 19

The Great Typo Hunt!

Typos are the writer’s bane. No matter how many times we pore over the manuscript, no matter how many second readers read it, those ugly little buggers still pop up. So I’d like to invite you to take part in the Great Typo Hunt. If you find typos in one of my books, get in touch with me through my contact form and I’ll send you either a free copy of my next release, or your choice of another of my titles as my thank you for helping me give readers a great experience.

Reviews are tremendously helpful, too. Let me know if you post a review on Amazon or Goodreads and I’ll post a personal thank you on my Facebook page. If you’re interested in receiving an advance copy of new releases in exchange for an Amazon review, I’d love to hear from you.

If you’d just like me to let you know when a new book or story comes out, you can sign up for my mailing list. I won’t spam you, and I’ll never share your information with anyone.

Thank you for letting me share my stories with you. I hope I can keep you entertained for a long time to come!

Jan 17

Countdown to Blackthorne

My cover designer, Glendon Haddix, sent a mock-up for the cover of Blackthorne, and I’m getting excited about the upcoming release. What has me stoked is how perfectly Glendon captured Blackthorne’s attitude. To quote a line from the book: “Don’t ever get on my bad side.” Or in Blackthorne’s language, Vi nak dosta moj stranja zel’y.

This is my favorite book, about a dark lord from an alternate reality who is befriended by a teenage girl here. Ro Cheney, the girl, gains a powerful protector in the bargain. You don’t want to mess with a girl whose most trusted friend is a former dark lord.

Keeping in mind that his very name strikes terror into the hearts of a world’s people, this is one of my favorite parts in the book, after Blackthorne takes Ro into his protection:

Blackthorne sat at the glass-topped dining table, mopping up the last of an enormous plate of spaghetti with a crust of sourdough. Thank god she hadn’t offered to buy his groceries, too.

Ro got up and took his empty salad bowl and the empty bread basket. “Been doing magic, huh?”

He grinned up at her. “How did you guess?” He stood and carried his plate into the kitchen.

She grabbed it from him. “Uh-uh. That’s my job.”

He scowled. “You are not my maid, Ro.”

“Besides,” she said. “You don’t know how to load a dishwasher the right way.”

“This is what I get for telling you to consider this your home.”

“Yep. That’s right.”

He gave her an evil smile, all thin and squinty. “I found a car for you.”

Good shot. “How much?”

“That’s my concern.”

“Blackthorne—”

“Do I argue with you about doing the housework?”

 “Um…” She rolled her eyes up, pretending to think about it. “Yeah. As a matter of fact, you do.”

“Well then. I suppose that means you can argue with me about the car.”

She propped fists on hips. “I thought we weren’t supposed to keep score.”

“Am I?”

“Oh, please. Okay, I can’t stop you from buying a car. But if it’s more than I can afford, I’m not driving it.”

“Poor Janice.” He shook his head sadly. “Forced to do her old job as well as her new one. If only Ro had a car, so she could take over my assistant’s tasks!”

“That is so not fair.”

The evil smile turned into an evil grin. “Who plays fair? Not me.”

She shoved him toward the kitchen door. “You’re a jerk. Out.”

Hmmm. Blackthorne wants to make Ro his assistant. Does this mean she’s on the road to becoming a minion? :-)

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