Category: Writing

Jan 08

Reylo Trash II – The Last Jedi

Well, Rian Johnson did it. He actually gave us more than the Reylo tease we got in The Force Awakens.  Not only that, he gave us an absolutely fantastic film. It’s everything Star Wars should be– the creatures, the plucky heroes, the dogfights, the humor. But it’s also a lot more. It’s deeper, richer, more …

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Nov 24

When the Pig Came to School

Every once in a while, I think about posting a review for a book I’ve read. Like many good intentions, I never quite manage to get around to it, instead spending my writing time on my own books. Well, this time I’m finally putting thought into action. My stepmom, Ewa Carlsson, who designed my Flying …

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Oct 30

Fateful Magic – Chapter 3

Vadim Dragovich

Here’s the latest installment of Fateful Magic. If you missed the beginning, you can read it here. It’s fun looking for images to go with the chapters. At first, I was going to include one of Tiff, but then I decided, no. It’s got to be Vadim Dragovich (pronounced vah-DEEM), the Dragon of Russia and the …

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Oct 15

Fateful Magic – Chapter 2

Well, the votes are in, and the title Fortunate Magic for the newest Land of Enchantment book got a thumbs-down. My personal favorite is Omenous Magic, but voter’s choice is Fateful Magic. So Fateful Magic it is for now. Here’s the next chapter. To read from the beginning, start here. Vadim pushed up from his chair …

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Sep 25

Fateful Magic – Chapter 1

I’ve been trying to figure out a title for my new story. Since it’s set in the Land of Enchantment universe, It needs the word “magic” in the title. But what kind of magic? Since the story revolves around fortune-teller Emilia Dunmoor, it has to include something about the future or foreseeing. Prescient Magic? Imminent Magic? …

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Sep 02

A New Land of Enchantment Story

After finishing Could It Be Magic, I hit a dry spell and so took a break for a few months. At last, I decided that writing something was better than writing nothing, so I started on a new story. I talked about writing something like this in my post on Reylo Trash, but didn’t really have …

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Jun 27

What Happened to Goodreads Giveaways?

Goodreads, the social book site, has for some time offered a program in which readers can enter to win a paperback copy of books they’re interested in. It’s great for readers, of course, because they can get free copies of books they’d like to read. It also offers authors exposure for their books and a chance …

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Apr 18

Amazon and the Attack of the Zombie Scammers

It’s a day just like any other. The sun is shining, birds are singing. A neighbor calls a cheerful greeting as Mom and Dad see the kids off to school. Then, from across the street, a scream splits the air. A young mother flings her phone away and presses her children back from the menace on the screen. A teenage …

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Apr 14

Cover Confusion

You might notice two different covers for Could It Be Magic, the latest book in The Land of Enchantment series. This one, with the photo of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains in the background… …and this one. I’m doing some A/B testing to see which cover readers prefer. What are your thoughts?

Jan 30

Could It Be Magic – Chapter 15

Could It Be Magic - Kathlena L. Contreras

Could It Be Magic is now available on Amazon, iTunes, B&N and other major ebook retailers. I hope you enjoy the book! Snow Day It shouldn’t have been obvious. But watching Melodie’s gaze travel around the living room, Amethyst was afraid it was. The tablet that wasn’t hers, sitting on the round maple table by …

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