D. F. Krieger

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricanes & Pirates Winner!

As most of you know, I stayed at home for the hurricane. I suppose I'm too stubborn to leave. Fortunately I fared well and the longest power outage was from Saturday night until almost noon Sunday. No big deal and completely livable (especially considering there are those still without power and my heart goes out to them).

By great arcane magic powers granted to me, I cast (rolled) a spell ( 8-sided die) and a winner was randomly chosen. The winner of a free copy of Sail My Oceans is .....*drum roll*......

Congrats lady! 

I've already sent an e-mail her way. Thanks for participating everyone. I enjoyed reading the responses and see what all you could come up with. And thanks, also, for the well wishes! I feel like they really helped keep us safe. ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricanes & Pirates

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt your regularly scheduled snark and smut for an important announcement. I'm sure many of you are aware of the incoming hurricane. At this point, I'm not evacuating, but I'm well aware that I may lose power, possibly for days to weeks. If a mandatory evacuation occurs (or common sense kicks in), I will gather up my kids and my pets and head farther inland.

Either way, I highly doubt I'll be available over the weekend. However, I will post a blog after the storm is finished and service/power is back.

Because floods are making me think about pirates, and pirates are making me think about Lucy Verr and her attractive entourage, I'm offering a deal: Leave a comment filling in the blank and you'll be entered to win a free e-copy of Sail My Oceans. (winner will be chosen and announced either Monday afternoon or as soon as I get service back after that time)

Dear Irene,
 I never realized how _____ you could be, but its not enough to ______ me.

Have fun and I do hope everyone else stays safe as well. ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, August 15, 2011

"Isn't It Ironic?"

I have always loved that song by Alanis Morissette. The lyrics I loved most were:

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

It describes life for me in a way that nothing else can, right now. Most of you have heard of my new job I landed on Friday. With my husband leaving today for another week (oh the joys of military living), I was happy to receive an e-mail from my boss putting me to work on two stories already. YAY. I really needed the distraction and I'm happy with the timing.

The stuff that is blowing up in my face? We made an offer on a house on Friday as well. Its beautiful and perfect and I think when we move in 18 years, I'm going to be quite sad to leave it. Problem is, I took my husbands car a couple of weeks ago to have the oil changed. The idiots must not have checked the tranny fluid before putting some in, because they over-filled it. When my husband is gone, his car isn't drove much. I have my own, which I let my brother borrow because I barely leave the house. Well hubby drove the car last week and it started stuttering and leaking tranny fluid. Large amounts of tranny fluid. I checked it (why yes, I did used to rebuild 80's model cars and I can diagnose car problems) and the tranny fluid is over full. Waaaay over full.

So now I've got to pay a mechanic to drain the transmission fluid, replace it with the right amount, and check for any damage to the engine block where tranny fluid spewed all over it. Couple this with the fact that we've been informed of roughly a thousand dollars worth of miscellaneous fees involved with purchasing a house (we've never done this before so we were taken off guard) and I'm about to sit in a corner and rock myself. We don't have that kind of money just sitting around. Fortunately my father in-law sent some to help with the house fees. My brother, who will still be living with us, isn't willing to give up his chance of getting his own room. He sleeps in the living room right now. So he's willing to pay whatever we need to buy the house.

Now, to see how much the mechanic will cost. Hopefully, the world will favor us and it'll be a cheap fix. I can only pray. But until them, I'm going to throw myself into writing my own work and editing at my new job. Yes, I'm totally stoked to admit I am part of the real work force again. Fear me and my Purple Pen of Editing DOOM! ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Writer's Honor Code

Usually I don't do this many posts in one week, but I was inspired. I joined a writer's group on Facebook last night and one of the posts was someone asking if there was an honor code among writers (like among thieves). Several people had responded, but I noticed there didn't seem to be a good, solid answer.

Gah! I must have an honor code,because now that I know there isn't one, it makes a little voice in the back of my head scream and writhe like a child having a tantrum. I WANT AN HONOR COOOOODE!

I did what any writer would do. I found one! Okay, so really I made it up, but my blog, my rules, right? Right.

Writer's Honor Code

1) One must never steal ideas when a fellow writer posts a WIP on their blog/website/etc.

2) One must not treat their fellow writer with actions born of jealousy

3) One must not scoff at other genres or the writers that write them.

4) One must be just as willing to give support to their fellow writer as demand it.

5) One must not think less of a fellow writer for choosing a different publishing route.

6) One must never try to one-up a fellow writer, especially in public.

7) One must always remember that an unpublished writer is still a writer.

There's my seven rules of the Writer's Honor Code. I made seven because it's an awesome number (and I couldn't think of anything else within the five minute period I had to scribble this down). Now, go forth my fellow writers and REMEMBER THE CODE!!! ~ D. F. Krieger

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Maybe, Baby Announcement

I've been kinda keeping my mouth shut, waiting to let this cat out of the bag. Now that I have official cover art, I can't wait anymore! A military romantic short, Maybe, Baby, was recently picked up by Secret Cravings Publishing. I wrote it as an outlet for my frustrations and daydreams as a military wife. Due out in October, I hope that Maybe, Baby makes you laugh, cry, and fan yourself.

Without further ado, here is a sneak peak at the sexy cover!

I have to say thank you to my cover artist! The cover is exactly what I asked/hoped for! Thus far, working with Secret Cravings Publishing has been a pleasure and I do hope to see many more releases with them in the future! ~ D. F. Krieger

Saturday, August 6, 2011

~Autograph Winner!~

I sincerely apologize for not announcing the contest winner yesterday. My husband arriving home a day early after his month long deployment has screwed up my inner clock. Without further ado, I shall announce the winner-

The Winner Is *insert drumroll* --  HEATHER!!!!!!

*Tons of cheering and whistling and celebratory sounds* 

Heather has been notified via e-mail that she has won.

Thanks to everyone else, and I do hope your weekend is of EPIC proportions. ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, August 1, 2011

Autograph Contest

Time and again I've been asked, "When/how do I get a signed copy of your work?" Most of those asking wanted to know when they could get their hands on a physical version of Sail My Oceans. Sadly, that story will likely never come to print. I also don't have a Kindle, so the Kindlegraph option, for now, is out. But I have come up with an alternative option!

A wallet sized laminated cover of Sail My Oceans. On the back, you'll find my sprawling signature. Why yes, I did use my Purple Pen of Editing Doom! to write it.

So how, oh how, can you win an autographed cover of my book? Easy, leave a comment. It can be about anything, but I'll admit I'd love to see your favorite line from the book. Or even, favorite character. If nothing else, tell me what you want to see most in the up-coming sequel, Anchor My Stars. If you haven't read Sail my Oceans, don't despair! You're still eligible to win, just leave a comment.

Now, for time lines and rules and all that stuff. Unfortunately, I can only mail within the US at this time. I'm sorry  to all my 'across the ponds' or 'across the borders' cousins. But if you are within the US, you must have a valid e-mail address attached to your comment so I can e-mail you. If you are chosen, you have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail, or I'll move along to the next winner.

The contest will run from Monday, August 1st until Thursday, August 6. A winner will be announced on Friday, August 7th (and contacted by e-mail at that time). Also, I really want to spice things up. For every ten people who leave a comment, I'll chose another winner. So if we have ten entries, there will be one winner. Twenty will make two. So on and so forth. Because yes, I have more than one of these cards in my possession. So spread the word! ~ D. F. Krieger