D. F. Krieger

Monday, July 30, 2012

Must Read Monday: Rescued Love

For romance and animal lovers everywhere!

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One by one, household dogs disappear only to come back after senseless abuse. Veterinarian Jordan Powell will stop at nothing to ensure her patients' safety. Even if that means seeking help from ex-boyfriend, police officer Nate Thrillson, the man whose heart she once broke.

The last thing Nate wants is a relationship. He has an inoperable cancerous tumor in his brain and his days are numbered. Yet, he couldn't resist Jordan.

It's a race against time to save the dogs and the man who captured her heart. Can the doctor, who made a life out of helping animals, heal a human?

Rescued Love was one of the stories that the moment I read through it, I knew I had to have it. I'm a huge fan of animal rescue and veterinary sciences, and a sucker for romance so this book hit me on many angles. For once, though, it was the hero I sympathized with and rooted on the most. What he's dealing with, and why he makes the decisions he does, were things that broke my heart. I read the whole book on the edge of my seat, wondering how there could possibly be any kind of happy ending that didn't leave me sobbing.

I'm also very grateful that the author is making this a series. The secondary character, Petra, has her own story woven throughout that leaves you wanting to know what happens to her. I certainly can't wait until the second book is ready for a read-through! All these things make this a Must Read Monday! ~ D. F. Krieger

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Contest of Tears

Many of us don't cry enough, and when we do cry, we view it as a shameful thing. Well, not today. I have a contest for you that turns crying into an opportunity. Details are as follows:

1) Read To Honor
2) Cry (or nearly cry)
3) Congrats, you are now eligible to enter the contest!

That's right, if you cried or came close to crying at all while reading To Honor you are now eligible to enter my contest. Just go to my website Click Here To Enter D. F.'s Super Cool Site and use the contact form to tell me what part of the book made you cry.

What's the prize, you might ask? Well, To Honor is part of the R&R Series. The second book, To Trust, is in progress. One lucky winner will get listed in the acknowledgments, a free copy (once it has been published), and a character named after them! Stellar prize, right?

Not sure you'll cry reading the book? I'm willing to take you up on that. Thus far, everyone who has contacted me over the book admitted they cried. I dare you to read it and see if you cry or not.

I'm running the contest for two weeks to give everyone a fair opportunity to find the time to read the book. If you haven't purchased the book, you can do so through my website.

Now, grab a copy of my book and your tissue boxes and get to sobbing! ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Cap Your Pens

I've had several friends and authors come to me over the last few months very upset. Most of them have been hurt, a few have been worried, and all of them should feel flat out insulted. When they come to me and tell me what is bothering them, it takes every bit of common sense I have not to bitch slap someone and give them a lecture.

For those of you who are readers, I have a bit of advice to give. Cap your freaking pens! Especially if a book is already published. My god, how insulting. And if you think you are doing it to be nice, you are severely deluded and need a reality check.

*Takes a deep, calming breath* Okay, for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, let me explain. These authors I'm speaking of have come to me (some in tears) because a "friend" sat down with their already published book, read through it, and messaged them with a list of errors or "suggestions." Really? Freaking really?

So let me enlighten you people who think you are being nice. You aren't. End of story. Let me explain why to your little brains since you obviously didn't have a voice in your head telling you not to do this. I'll be your voice, and may you shudder if you think to do this again.

1. When you messaged these people, did it not, for one tiny second, cross your mind you might hurt their feelings? They poured their soul into their book, and you are going to sit there and nit pick it apart or worse, tell them where they screwed up writing it? Uh, like hell good sir. You want a book to go a certain way, write your own feckin book!

2. What did you expect the authors to do about it? I'm not sure how it goes with a self pubbed author, but for a published author, if you find a couple of mispelled words and rile them up to wanting to fix it, this is how it goes. Author contacts editor, editor contacts publisher, publisher contacts marketing and pulls copies from every source. Author and editor have to go over edits AGAIN, resend to formatter, then wait for it to be formatted and placed back on shelves. Guess what, that happy high they get from release day, you're such a good friend you killed it for them.

3. Now they are a nervous wreck. Nice job, you've probably destroyed any enjoyment the author has received over people reading this book. If they don't get it fixed, they are always going to worry everyone else saw those same errors (May I take a moment here to state there probably isn't a single fiction book in the world that doesn't have some kind of errors. Probably non-fiction too, but that's a whole different ball game. It doesn't matter how many people go over a book with a fine-toothed comb, things will slip through.) While we're on the subject, not as many people are as much of an asshat as you that they let one stupid misspelled word bother them to the point they had to make a documentation of it. I read a book just last month for pleasure that bothered me because two different people had dialogue in the same paragraph. I let it go because as an editor, I see shit that Jane Doe may not see or care about.

So, dear reader, I say again, Cap Your Freckin Pens. You are not doing your friend any justice by pointing out pus versus puss, how a character should have behaved differently in a situation, sat versus set, or whether the maid would have done this versus that. With friends like you, who needs enemies... ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Read Monday: Willing Sacrifice

*This ARC was given to me in fair exchange for an honest review. I in no way edited this story or it's contents, nor do I work for Naughty Nights Press.

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Sugar is the widowed wife of Alpha werewolf Jack Coon. Werewolves mate for life, and normally when a mate dies the other is soon to follow, but Sugar won’t and Jack’s ghost isn’t giving up yet. He wants what every werewolf wants…a forever mate, and if Sugar won’t die naturally he’s willing to force the situation.

In this story Sugar makes several willing sacrifices for her freedom and that of her Pack – some of which that will haunt her forever, and one that puts her in debt to a Reaper

First of all, let me just say I read the blurb/synopsis to this book and I simply knew I had to read it. Fortunately, I am on an e-mail list as a potential review, so I was able to snag this book. It releases on Tuesday, July 17th, but is available for pre-order if you click the above cover image.

Willing Sacrifice really got me emotionally. In light of my own release, To Honor, I couldn't have chose a better book to review immediately after. The emotional turmoil the main character, Sugar, goes through is so intense, I could totally relate. I love how this book wasn't so much about sex as about survival in a werewolf pack. Yeah, there was sex. Sexy kinds of sex, but the book wasn't riddled with it.

I have to say, once I finished the book, I was at a cross roads. I really want to read the sequel...which isn't out yet (Darn you Cree, you better be writing it!) and I know I'm going to read the earlier book, Whisper On a Scream. I also know when I read the earlier book, I'm probably going to need lots of hugs and cuddling. This was definitely a Must Read Monday! ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, July 13, 2012

Inspire to Become Visible

They say that any mental conditions that shape our lives are called "Invisible Illnesses." I've decided to become visible with mine. It seems that many people, if they can't see something, don't believe it exists enough to have a heavy impact on our lives. I have chosen my illness will have an impact on others lives. My biggest hope in writing the R & R series is that someone, somewhere will decide to reach out and seek help instead of taking the same route I did.

Today, I have gathered some inspiration images for those suffering, and I hope at least one of the reaches out to you.

And then below are a couple that go with my sense of humor. :)

Don't forget, today is the last day to attempt to win a free copy of To Honor. ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, July 9, 2012

Must Read Monday: To Honor

Releasing July 10th, Available now for pre-order. Click to buy. Only $3.99

Everyone has their breaking point and Evelyn has finally reached hers. In an attempt to escape her life, and the events that broke her heart and killed her dreams, she tries to commit suicide. Now, at R&R Resort, she must find the strength to love and trust again. But can she trust the person who betrayed her the most?

Derek made the wrong decision, one that damn near cost him everything he ever loved. When his wife attempts suicide, his superior officer recommends a military only health facility called R&R Resort. His wife is alive, but can he heal the wounds that are tearing their marriage apart?

This was, by far, the hardest book I've ever written. This emotional journey is a reflection of one I took in reality; which includes a stay in a psych ward. I wasn't lucky enough to get a free pass to a military-only facility, but Evelyn's fears and struggles come from the true experience.

To Honor is particularly special to me because, unlike many romance novels, it is a travel into the territories of invisible illness. Those who don't suffer from one simply don't get it. It truly is a situation of you either get it, or you don't. Invisible illness like PTSD, depression, etc are very real and very life altering. They can make getting out of bed one of the worst struggles you deal with on a daily basis. I wrote To Honor in hopes of reaching out to those that suffer and letting them know one key thing that could have helped keep me from attempting to take my own life in 2011...YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

During this week I will be delving deeper into my experiences and how they influenced this book at various blogs. Tuesday I'll be at Book Babe, Wednesday at Shyla Colt's blog, and Thursday at Decadent Decisions. There is a possibility of more blog visits to come.

I'm also giving away a free copy of To Honor to one lucky winner. To enter, you simple must leave a comment as to what kind of invisibly illness you've seen someone struggle with or struggled with yourself. You are also free to leave me a question if you so choose.  ~ D. F. Krieger